2020 Bristol Women’s Literature Festival lineup revealed

2020 Bristol Women’s Literature Festival lineup revealed

Posted on: 15 Jan 2020

Between Saturday 28 March and Sunday 29 March, Bristol Women’s Literature Festival will return to Watershed. 


An exciting weekend of talks, panels and activities, the 2020 Bristol Women’s Literature Festival lineup features some of the UK’s leading women writers, journalists and academics.


Among this year’s lineup is author and comedian Viv Groskop, double Forward Prize winner Fiona Benson and The Good Immigrant author Coco Khan.


A festival designed to celebrate the diversity and creativity of women writers and to counter the male dominance of literature and cultural festival lineups, the 2020 Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is supported by Arts Council England and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Bristol Women's Literature Festival 2020: lineup announced

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival 2020: what’s happening? 


During the festival, catch a panel discussion exploring the role of journalists in explaining the world in which we live and the importance of intersectionality and diverse voices.


On the panel, writer, journalist and broadcaster Bidisha will be joined by Coco Khan (The Guardian, The Good Immigrant, It’s Not About the Burqa), Anoosh Chakelian (New Statesman) and Nandini Archer (openDemocracy).


Following the Writing the News panel, hear some of your favourite authors discuss their creative practice, inspirations and writing development with Women Writing Today.


The Women Writing Today panel will feature Sarah LeFanu, Naomi Wood (Mrs Hemingway, The Hiding Game), debut author Rosanna Amaka (The Book of Echoes), Yvonne Battle-Felton (Remembered – longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2019) and Fiona Benson (Vertigo & Ghost – double Forward Prize winner).


On Sunday 29 March, Professor Helen Taylor presents her argument on why women read fiction, and how we can draw on fiction to tell the stories of our own lives.


Later, discover the role literature can play in connecting us to the natural world with the Women Writing the Wild panel discussion.


Each event is ticketed and will require advance booking. To see the full programme, and to book your tickets, visit the Watershed website. 

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