The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival returns to the city on March 14-15 to celebrate the work of women writers. The programme features award-winning novelist and short story writer Michele Roberts, writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo, poet and filmmaker Annemarie Jacir, and activists and writers Beatrix Campbell and Caroline Criado-Perez: some of the most influential and vibrant writers working today.
Giving the event her seal of approval, Bidisha describes it as: "A stage full of brilliant, brainy, articulate and witty women discussing literature, women, history, activism and the future. An audience full of literature-lovers and woman-likers of all ages, races and walks of life. If anything restores a woman's faith that we are not just roaring but writing and reading, it's the Bristol Women's Literature Festival."
In the same way that my own event What The Frock! Comedy was set up in 2012 to challenge the exclusion of women from comedy, the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival was set up in 2013 to celebrate the diversity of women writers, counter the male dominance of literature festival line-ups, and promote women’s writing and history. Please click the link to the website for full information of the individual events and how to buy tickets.
Festival founder Siân Norris says: "I decided it wasn’t enough to be frustrated at the continued marginalisation of women writers in our cultural scene. I needed to do something about it ... It is a real and vital opportunity to talk about women’s writing and women’s role in shaping and influencing our culture – both historically and in the present."