2018 - The Year of Publishing Women?
In 2015, novelist Kamila Shamsie published a provocation in The Guardian newspaper addressing the gender bias in publishing. In her article she also referenced the institutional tendencies privileging male authors and reviewers in the press, the imbalance between male and female writers submitted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and the greater number of male protagonists in award-winning novels. In concluding the provocation, Kamila proposed something radical - make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women, in which no new titles should be written by men.
Fast forward 3 years and independent publisher And Other Stories is the only publishing house in the UK to have taken up the challenge.
So what will it take to radically transform the gender bias in publishing? How can we change the status quo? What would you like to happen? Join the debate and put your questions and ideas to the panel.
Join Catherine Mayer (writer and co-founder of the Women's Equality Party) as she discusses the lack of female voices in UK publishing with Tara Tobler (Fiction Editor at And Other Stories) and Sian Norris (writer, founder and director of the Bristol Women's Literature Festival).
Chaired by novelist Helen Cross.
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