A Woman's Place: Fighting for Feminism

A Woman's Place: Fighting for Feminism

‘Women are really angry. I am... I do feel a really deep, burning sense of injustice at the way women are treated in our world and the way that I’ve been treated in the world and I want to write about that.’ So said Eimear McBride in a recent interview, and she’s not wrong. This August, we celebrate those writers fighting on the front-line of feminism – bringing stories of female triumph and perseverance to the fore. From exposing the injustices, inequalities and everyday sexism prevalent in societies everywhere, to shining a light on the ongoing violence and atrocious subjugation faced by women across the world, these are urgent conversations for anyone concerned with the well-being of 49.6% of the world’s population.

 

 

Cherie Jones: Behind the Barbadian Picture Postcard

Monday 16 August 16:15 - 17:15

Barbados: the iconic location of runaway honeymoons, white sandy beaches, turquoise and diamond seawater, palm trees and cocktails. Cherie Jones tells a different tale, revealing the hidden – or rather ignored and invisible – side of this supposedly...
Iman Mersal is a major figure in international literature, an Egyptian poet whose work is characterised by her ardently experimental style. Her latest novel, Fee Athar Enayat Al Zayyat (In the Footsteps of Enayat Al-Zayyat), was published in 2019 and...
 

Carmen Maria Machado: The Language of Violence

Wednesday 18 August 19:00 - 20:00

'The word ‘archive’', Carmen Maria Machado tells us (by way of Derrida), 'comes from the ancient Greek ‘arkheion’: the house of the ruler.' This note is important because Machado’s In the Dreamhouse is a book about memory, about power and...
 

Eva Baltasar & Lina Meruane: Body Politics

Thursday 19 August 16:15 - 17:15

Rebecca Solnit has argued that ‘every illness is narrative’ and Lina Meruane’s novel Nervous System certainly gives credence to that view. It centres on a woman named Ella who, in struggling to finish her PhD, becomes fixated on the functions and...
 

Houzan Mahmoud: Smoke Coming From My Soul

Saturday 21 August 11:30 - 12:30

Kurdish Women’s Stories is the brainchild of Houzan Mahmoud, a Kurdish writer, public lecturer and anti-war activist. Unforgettable and deeply moving, it’s a vitally important book which goes beyond the common depiction of women simply as victims of...
In what is ostensibly an era of choice, the most personal decisions we make – about our bodies and how we live our lives – continue to be subject to analysis, discussion and frequently unwelcome debate. We are under scrutiny and surrounded by...
 

Eimear McBride: Disgust

Thursday 26 August 16:00 - 17:00

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‘Women are really angry. I am… I do feel a really deep, burning sense of injustice at the way women are treated in our world and I want to write about that.’ So said Eimear McBride in a recent interview and she has seen through that impulse with a...
There has recently been a marked increase in violence against women in many parts of the world, and the lockdowns have created a shadow pandemic of domestic violence, according to the UN. Joining us to discuss the problem is Pumla Dineo Gqola, one of...
 

Daisy Lafarge & Evie Wyld: Strong Female Lead

Friday 27 August 13:00 - 14:00

Evie Wyld won the Stella Prize – Australia’s version of the Women’s Prize – for her modern gothic novel The Bass Rock earlier this year, a tale of how violence and power has been wielded against women across centuries and in different guises to...
'When I say trans, I also mean escape. I mean choice. I mean autonomy.' These words by writer and performer Travis Alabanza are quoted in the epigraph of Shon Faye’s The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice, a searing treatise on a society...

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