Bristol Women's Literature Festival

Paris was a Woman

Paris was a Woman

A portrait of the creative community of women writers, artists, photographers and editors who flocked to the Left Bank of Paris in the early decades of the 20th century, when Paris was the undisputed cultural capital of the world. From Gertrude Stein with her writing experiments and literary salon, to Sylvia Beach running Shakespeare & Company, and Natalie Barney’s decadent parties, women flocked to the city because Paris was ‘the only city in the world where one can live exactly as one pleases.’

Greta Schiller’s 1996 film explores the lives of some of the key Left Bank women, including Stein, Djuna Barnes, Colette, and Sylvia Beach.

Followed by an audience discussion chaired by Sian Norris, founder of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival. Sian is currently writing a book about Gertrude Stein and her circle.