Monday 26 February 2018

Literary Ladies: Events Celebrating Women in March

March is all about female empowerment and appreciation: it’s Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day on 8th and Mothering Sunday on 11th. To help you celebrate, we’ve compiled our pick of literary events to discover new stories of inspirational women, to discuss the importance of equality, and to enjoy the fantastic literature written by the female hand.

Artificial Intelligence has entered every corner of our lives and has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. But what happens when this new technology is advancing with an inbuilt sexist bias?... Find out from three brilliant speakers – leaders in their field – about how gender relates to this new wave of technology. A great #WomeninSTEM event!

In response to the global #MeToo movement, which gives a voice to women subject to sexual harassment, celebrate the launch of this specially curated poetry anthology. Poets Deborah Alma, Jill Abram, Michelle Penn and Jacqueline Saphra come to together for an evening of readings, responses and empowerment, at the launch of this important anthology, from which all proceeds will go to Women’s Aid UK.

Part of the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival, this event will explore today’s most
urgent and important cultural issues. Bestselling and iconic authors, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun and We Should All Be Feminists) and Reni Eddo-Lodge (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race) talk about the interplay between gender, feminism and race at what is sure to be an enlightening evening.

You can find the whole Women of the World (WOW) Festival catalogue here

In 1936 successful Vogue editor Marjorie Hillis published a radical self-help book for young single women, Live Alone and Like It. It took New York, and beyond, by storm, and encouraged a new wave of successful independent young women to proudly live independently. Revisit Hillis’ fascinating life story with Joanna Scutts, as she discusses her new book, The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It.

Can’t make this date? You can also see Joanna on 15th March at Waterstones Gower Street

Join leading human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti and author Rachel Holmes in conversation about gender equality, past and present. They will look at how far we have come since women won the vote in the UK 100 years ago, and how far we still need to go. Shami’s recent book, Of Women, is a powerful and timely polemic of why gender equality is still an urgent issue and how we can see it through.

Revel in the pleasure of eating, the joy of food, and banish the guilt! Join Great British Bake Off finalist and author, Ruby Tandoh, and writer and podcaster, Bethany Rutter, as they claim ownership and autonomy of the female body, free from the judgemental gaze of social media, and show that there is no shame in not fitting conventional beauty ideals. If that doesn’t convince you, tickets also include a complimentary glass of wine, just to prove that you can spoil yourself!

Rupi Kaur is the hottest new name on the poetry scene and her second collection, the sun and her flowers, has continued her bestselling status. Her verses on love, sex and race have attracted a wide audience and encouraged many young readers to explore poetry for the first time. In a rare UK tour, don’t miss a special evening of performance poetry with Rupi and hear her empowering lyrical voice for yourself.  

Rupi is holding numerous events across the UK, find them all here.

Books have magic powers beyond fantastical stories and the ability to keep you up all night… they can also heal – mind, body, and soul. Discover Laura Freeman’s inspirational story of how she overcame an eating disorder as she discusses her brave bibliomemoir, The Reading Cure. Book by book and meal by meal, Laura relearnt to explore and enjoy food by taking inspiration from the pages of her favourite authors – from Dickens’ plum puddings to Virginia Woolf’s blackberries and biscuits.