Joanna Walsh

BWLF: Read Women: Why We Love Talking about Books

with Shoshana Kessler, Sian Norris, Alexia Richardson and Joanna Walsh

Festival of Ideas/
Sun 18 March 2018

BWLF: Read Women: Why We Love Talking about Books

with Shoshana Kessler, Sian Norris, Alexia Richardson and Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh
Sun 18 March 2018,

In 2014, writer and illustrator Joanna Walsh (pictured) set up the Read Women project. Initially the project involved a challenge to read only women for the whole year, but it quickly evolved into a celebration of women’s writing, and a challenge to reviewers, festival line-ups and book awards that predominately favour male writers. A huge success, the New York Times called the project a ‘rallying cry for equal treatment of women writers’.

Joining project founder Joanna Walsh are her fellow Read Women tweeters: Alexia Richardson, Shoshana Kessler and Bristol Women’s Literature Festival founder Sian Norris. The four will discuss why readers find such pleasure in discussing books, the importance of digital communities of readers, and generally celebrate the joy of discovering and sharing new or hidden writers.

Part of Bristol Women’s Literature Festival. The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is presented in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas, Watershed and Bristol Women’s Voice.

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