Telling Her Story

Telling Her Story

Why does the gender pay gap still stand at over 18% in the UK? Fortunately, many brilliant women are finally being heard in the long struggle for equality, and we are proud to present a series of events in which they take the stage. From Carrie Gracie’s account of her battle for equal pay within the BBC to Mariella Frostrup’s anthology of female travel writers, and Sara Sheridan’s female rewriting of Scotland’s history to a new generation of novelists, this exuberant strand celebrates bold, defiant, revolutionary women, and gives a perspective of the world from the female point of view.

Siân Reynolds & Sara Sheridan

Rewriting Scottish Herstory

Monday 12 August 10:30 - 11:30

Meet two women on a feminist mission. Former Stirling University professor Siân Reynolds is one of the editors of The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women. Join her in conversation with local author Sara Sheridan whose guidebook Where Are The...

Naomi Wolf

Criminalisation of Love

Monday 12 August 20:45 - 21:45

A pioneering voice in feminism and author of The Beauty Myth and Vagina, Naomi Wolf joins us to discuss Outrages. Subtitled Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love, it explores Britain’s obscenity laws which criminalised homosexuality. The...

Nayrouz Qarmout with Kamila Shamsie

Life for Women in Gaza City

Monday 12 August 21:30 - 22:30

Following her headline-making visit to the Festival last year, Gaza-based writer Nayrouz Qarmout returns to launch The Sea Cloak, which has just been translated from Arabic into English. Today the Palestinian author talks to fellow writer Kamila Shamsie...
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Sharon Blackie

Bewitched by Fairy Tales

Tuesday 13 August 15:30 - 16:30


New Daughters of Africa with Margaret Busby

Global Female Writers

Wednesday 14 August 17:45 - 18:45

Margaret Busby’s historical anthology Daughters of Africa was published 27 years ago to international acclaim. Now there’s a companion volume. New Daughters of Africa is a glorious portrayal of the richness and range of over 200 contemporary women...

Mary Portas

Work Like a Woman

Wednesday 14 August 20:30 - 21:30

Having transformed the high street, Mary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas is back with a campaign calling time on macho culture in the workplace. Work Like a Woman is her call to arms for radically reshaping business culture for the benefit of both sexes,...

Gina Martin

Exposing Injustice

Friday 16 August 20:30 - 21:30

The vile practice of upskirting wasn’t an offence in Britain until activist Gina Martin came along. With no legal or political background, Martin changed the law within 18 months. Now, she wants to help others do the same. Be the Change is a...