Happy International Women’s Day 2019

A quick name check of all our brilliant women writers, poets, short story authors and novelists.

Gosh, there are a lot of you aren’t there!

Alex Reece Abbott Alex Smith Alison Lock Alison Moore  Alison Willis  Angela Trevithick Anita Sethi Anna Fodorova A.J. Akoto Abigail Beckel Adrienne Silcock Alannah Egan Alice Tarbuck Alwyn Marriage Angela France Anne Elizabeth Bevan Anne Macaulay  Arike Oke Annabel Banks Alexandra Penland Arna Radovich Aisling Keogh Alison Gerhard  Anne Elizabeth Bevan Ash Lim

Bernie Howley Bridie Toft Bobbie Darbyshire Belinda Huang Barbara Renel

C T Kingston Cassandra Passarelli Caroline Hardman Carolyn Eden Cath Bore Catherine Sharpe Cherry Potts Cindy George Clare Owen Clare Sandling Cathy Bryant Clare Shaw
Corie Feiner Cath Holland Cathy Lennon C.A. Limina Catherine Jones Catriona Yule

Dizz Tate Diana Powell

Eileen Carney Hulme Elinor Brooks Elizabeth Parker Ellery Akers Emma Lee Ellen O’Neill Ellie Stewart  Emily Cleaver Emily Pedder  Emma Timpany Evleen Towey Elizabeth Hopkinson Elisabeth Simon Elizabeth Stott Elaine Hughes

Fiona Salter Frances Gapper

Ghillian Potts Gabrielle Choo Geraldine Green

Helen Morris Helen Slavin

Ilora Choudhury

Jane Aldous Jennifer A. McGowan Jill Sharp Joan Leotta Judi Sutherland Jackie Taylor Jacqueline Downs Jessica Lott Joan Taylor-Rowan J. A. Hopper, Julia Kent,  Jennifer Rickard, Jenny Ramsay, Joanne L. M. Williams, Jayne Buxton Jess Kilby Jasmin Kirkbride Jane Roberts

Karen Bovenmyer Karina Lutz Kate Foley Kate Wise Katie Evans Katy Lee Kelly Davis Katerina Watson Katy Darby Kirsty Fox Karen Ankers Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier

Laila Sumpton Laura Page Lindsay Reid Laura Martz Laura Williams Lee Nash Lily Peters Louise Swingler Lucy Grace Lucy Smith Laura Besley Lucy Ribchester

Mandy Macdonald Maria Kyle Mi L Holliday Michelle Shine Marlee Cox
Megan E. Freeman Michelle Penn Melaina Barnes Maja Bodenstein Máire Malone Miriam Sorrentino Marika Josef Marka Rifat

Natalie Gasper Ness Owen Nina Murray

Pat Tompkins Paula Read Pauline Walker Peng Shepherd Penny Pepper Pippa Gladhill Polly Hall Patty Tomsky Patricia McCaw Patience Mackarness

Rebecca Gould Rebecca J Payne Rebecca Skipwith Rosalind Stopps Robin Winckel-Mellish Rosamund Davies Rachael McGill Reshma Ruia Roppotucha Greenberg

Sarah Deckro Sarah Lawson Sherry Morris Sarah Tait Sarah James Swati Khurana Sara Elgerot Susan Cartwright-Smith Steph Thompson Sue Birchenough Sarah-Clare Conlon Shamini Sriskandarajah Su Yin Yap

Tania Hershman

Uschi Gatward

Wes Lee Wendy Gill

Year of the woman

Today is International Women’s Day, in the centenary year of partial suffrage for women.

So an important day for women, but, you know, women are women every day, and there’s still plenty of work to be done, on all sorts of fronts, so celebrate and then roll up your sleeves…

Our small contribution is to do what we do anyway, but do more of it. We are publishing a number of books over the next nine months and most (not all) will be by women.

April
Kate Foley Poetry Collection: A Gift of Rivers

Kate is reading from the collection at Gay’s the Word on 5th April and we are investigating a launch in Amsterdam.

May
Cathy Bryant Poetry Collection: Erratics.

Cathy and Kate are taking part in a seminar on diversity and inclusivity in the poetry world at London Book Fair on 10th April at 17:30 at the ‘Poet’s Corner’

June
The final installment of The Naming of Brook Storyteller: Wolftalker arrives from Ghillian Potts.


Also in June we have the official launch of Dusk which will also kick off thinking about 2018’s Solstice Shorts festival, Dawn!

July Five by Five: 5 short stories each by Katy Darby, Joan Taylor-Rowan, Cassandra Passarelli, Sarah James, Helen Morris

August
We are teaming up with Liars’ League for our official #womensvote100 anthology, We/She featuring stories about women by women. Final line up yet to be finalised but expect stories from:
Carolyn Eden, Katy Darby, Elizabeth Hopkinson, Elisabeth Simon, Elizabeth Stott, Fiona Salter, Ilora Choudhury, J. A. Hopper, Arike Oke, Jennifer Rickard, Jenny Ramsay, Lucy Ribchester, Peng Shepherd, Rosalind Stopps, Joanne L. M. Williams, Swati Khurana, Uschi Gatward.

September
Vindication: an anthology of up to 10 poems each from
Sarah James, Sarah Lawson, Jill Sharp, Elinor Brooks, Adrienne Silcock and Anne Macaulay

November
We are commemorating the end of WWI with poetry and short story anthology An Outbreak of Peace.

 

International Women’s Day at Lewisham Library – videos

Here are a couple of video’s of Jennifer A McGowan reading and discussing her poetry from With Paper for Feet at our International Women’s Day event at Lewisham Library

Introduction to her fascination with witches

and her take on the witches from Macbeth, The Weird Sisters on the Make

You can next catch Jennifer reading her work at Retelling Tales,  The Story Sessions, 7pm Wednesday 15th March, at The Brockley Deli 14a Brockley Cross SE4 1BE

and 7.30 Thursday 16th March at West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NN

 

Today! Celebrate International Women’s Day

A modest celebration, but nonetheless, our own.

join us tonight at 7pm at Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG where Jennifer A McGowan will read from her new collection With Paper for Feet, and Arachne owner, Cherry Potts will read from our other recent Poetry collection, Joy Howard’s Foraging.

here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer

Jennifer reading Phantom Pains in which past lives catch up

Joy reading Red Frock, Green Frock, celebrating the joys (and otherwise) of siblings.

Tomorrow Lewisham Library: With Paper for Feet

Video

Celebrate International Women’s Day with poetry like this, from Jennifer A McGowan‘s new collection, With Paper For Feet.

Join us at Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG at 7pm tomorrow, Wednesday 8th March, for poetry steeped in mythology and fairy tales, in which women step into the limelight and raise their voices.

International Women’s Day at Lewisham Library

We are celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March at 7pm with Jennifer A McGowan at Lewisham Library Lewisham High Street SE13 6LG. FREE!

Expect poems about women, especially those who speak up for themselves!

The Story Sessions – Video of Feminist Fables and Folk Tales

Here are some video snippets of last night’s Story Sessions, feminist folk tales for international women’s day. (Yes, I do know it was Saturday, I’m a woman ALL year…).

So here we go:

Cherry Potts reading from The Bone Box

Catherine Blackfeather reading from Sleeping Beauty and the Gnome

Anny Knight returning to join in with Flash from the Floor

Carrie Cohen reading in for Emily Cleaver (who was moving house so couldn’t come) with The Frog

and Jelena Ćurčić, reading from The Maiden who was Faster than a Horse

There was definitely a theme for the evening of clever girls outwitting people who thought they knew better.

(for reason’s known only to techies, this videos don’t always play in internet explorer – if you have problems, try Mozilla Firefox instead.)

The Story Sessions is taking a break for April. We’ll keep you posted when and where we are next, but we are lining up more themes: Science Fiction, Journeys, and Beasties. If you would like to read for us to any of those themes get in touch – it doesn’t have to be new work, just yours. Perfectly happy for you to promote a book or whatever.

If you are a venue and would like to host us, get in touch!

Happy international women’s day

How are you celebrating?
We’ll be at Wow this evening – in the audience I hasten to add.
But you can continue the festivities at The Story Sessions on Wednesday where we will be reading feminist fables and folk tales. Think Sisters Grimm. Join in with uniquely extended flash from the floor – a whole 200 words for your own folk tale. 7:45 for 8pm. At the Ivyhouse 40 Stuart Road London SE15 3BE

The Story Sessions: Feminist Fables and Folk Tales for International Women’s Day

jobno 1295732 Folk Tales flyerWednesday  12th March  Feminist Fables and Folk Tales: international women’s day tie in feminist retellings of folk tales, or new stories in the folk style. Sisters Grimm… featuring Cath Blackfeather’s take on Sleeping Beauty, Cherry PottsThe Bone Box, Emily Cleaver on The Frog, Jelena Ćurčić with a couple of Serbian folk tales.

Because folk tales tend to ramble, if you want to join in for Flash from the Floor, you can have a whole 200 words this month!

7.45 for 8pm, The Ivy House, Stuart Road, SE15 3BE

The Story Sessions is taking a break for April, but will be back in May, possibly at a new venue – watch this space.