Women Behaving Badly

Women Behaving Badly

‘Maybe invite him to come up? No, too soon. You don’t think he’s a serial killer. That’s not it. It’s that you don’t want him to think you’re that kind of woman. The kind your mother warned you not to be.’ Writes Deesha Philyaw, in her fabulously feisty The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

This August, we celebrate women who challenge and confront the social stigmas and residual legacies from centuries of patriarchal rule and chastisement. Who give voice to women’s desires and fears; hopes and pains – and put the experiences of women in plain sight. Who defy conventions and expectations, and rally against inequality and persecution, both past and present. Join us for some fearless and unbridled conversations.              

 

Katherine Angel & Amia Srinivasan: The Politics of Sex

Saturday 13 August 16:30 - 17:30

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To write on sex, consent and desire after the cultural shifts of the last decade is not easy – but this event brings together two writers who have penned unflinching books on these topics. The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan and Tomorrow Sex Will Be...
 

Meg Mason: Femme Fatalistic

Sunday 14 August 15:45 - 16:45

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Meg Mason’s breakout bestselling novel of love, family and mental health, Sorrow and Bliss, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and dubbed ‘the book you have to read this summer’ by the Evening Standard. Comparisons have arisen to...
 

Mieko Kawakami: Women’s Lives in Japan

Tuesday 16 August 12:15 - 13:15

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Mieko Kawakami’s award-winning early novel, Breasts and Eggs, divided opinions: the conservative governor of Tokyo called it ‘unpleasant and intolerable’, while Irish novelist Naoise Dolan holds ‘Mieko Kawakami is a genius’. In today’s...
 

Deesha Philyaw: Between Herself and God

Tuesday 16 August 18:15 - 19:15

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Black girls and women take some time off from being on their Sunday best behaviour in The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. In these refreshing short stories, female lives are seasoned with desire, despite the restrictions imposed by...
 

Monica Ali: The Ties That Bind

Wednesday 17 August 14:30 - 15:30

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Monica Ali, the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Brick Lane, introduces her first novel in a decade, Love Marriage, a vital exploration of love, family and the modern world. Yasmin Ghorami is due to marry fellow junior doctor Joe Sangster, the son of...
 

Lizzy Stewart: The Female Gaze

Wednesday 17 August 18:15 - 19:15

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If you’re interested in artwork and haven’t yet heard of Lizzy Stewart, put her books right at the top of your must-read list. Stewart creates gorgeously written, irresistibly moving accounts of women’s lives. Alison is her first full-length...
 

Jenni Fagan: 'Geillis Duncan Has a Broomstick'

Thursday 18 August 16:00 - 17:00

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Combining a fertile imagination with a powerful sense of social justice, Jenni Fagan has a talent for writing great fiction. Her latest novella Hex underlines that, retelling the true story of Geillis Duncan – one of the first women accused in the...
 

Rosie Andrews & Francesca May: Seasons of the Witch

Friday 19 August 10:00 - 11:00

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Something wicked this way comes in two historical page-turners infused with witchcraft. The Leviathan, by Rosie Andrews, is set in Norfolk, 1643. A level-headed soldier investigates accusations of dark magic and finds more than he can reason with. In...
 

Laura Bates & Winnie M Li: Misogyny Laid Bare

Friday 19 August 14:30 - 15:30

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In Winnie M Li’s novel Complicit, a former actress’s experiences at the hands of Hollywood mirror the real violence perpetrated in that arena. Fix the System, Not the Women by Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, unveils the ways in...