Hear Her Roar: Fighting for Feminism

Hear Her Roar: Fighting for Feminism

‘You didn’t mess with the Founding Mothers, the First Ladies of Humanity, because we gave as good as we got, we fought back like the beasts we all were, we women didn’t run screaming when we were confronted with human foes and expect men to defend us… we owned our physical strength,’ wrote Bernardine Evaristo in her trailblazing short story The First Feminists.

So many aspects of this bold and raw reimagining of the existential struggles women faced from the very dawn of the human race still strongly resonate with women in their ongoing battle for equality today. This August, we hear from some of the most influential voices fighting on the front-line for feminism across the world.   

Hallie Rubenhold: The Problem with Great Men

Tuesday 18 August 14:30 - 15:30

Of the five women who died in the Autumn of 1888 at the hands of Jack the Ripper, the most salient thing that has remained in the public imagination has been the brutal manner of their murders. While the identity of the murderer has been the subject of...

Gabriela Cabezón Cámara: The Female Gaucho

Thursday 20 August 11:30 - 12:30

A leading figure in Argentine and Latin American literature, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara is one of the most prominent feminist intellectuals of the region. Her fourth novel, The Adventures of China Iron is shortlisted for this year’s International...
Since 2010, the award-winning blog MsAfropolitan has connected feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. Its founder is Nigerian-Finnish writer and lecturer Minna Salami, a powerhouse of feminist...
Following her Booker Prize win last November, Bernardine Evaristo’s writing has won deserved and long-overdue acclaim across the globe. Girl, Woman, Other charts the intersecting lives of twelve characters, from a teenager working in a supermarket to...
One of a rising generation of talented Argentine writers, Selva Almada burst onto the English-language book scene last year with the publication of The Wind that Lays Waste, a short but highly-charged novel that won the Book Festival’s 2019 First Book...

Mieko Kawakami: Three Daughters of Osaka

Thursday 27 August 13:00 - 14:00

While this year’s release of Breasts and Eggs marks the first time Mieko Kawakami has been translated into English (by Sam Bett and David Boyd), she has been a literary sensation in Japan for more than ten years. Her legions of fans include Haruki...

Susan Abulhawa: Grace in the Face of Violence

Thursday 27 August 14:30 - 15:30

Susan Abulhawa is a human rights activist and political commentator – and she’s now regarded as one of Palestine’s most accomplished writers. Her debut novel, Mornings in Jenin, was an international bestseller, translated into 26 languages. Now...

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