Bristol Women's Literature Festival

Bristol Women's Literature Festival

Bristol Women’s Literature Festivalreturns for a fourth programme to bring together the best and brightest women writers, thinkers, journalists and academics for a weekend of fascinating conversation, debate, and reflection.

We're the oldest existing festival celebrating women’s history, writing, and cultural heritage. Set up to counter the male dominance of festival line-ups, review pages and prizes, the 2020 programme promises to be their biggest ever as they invite women writers from around the world to the heart of Bristol. So please join us for a weekend of panels and talks that will inspire, challenge, introduce you to new writers and reconnect you with old favourites.

Bristol Women's Literature Festival is supported by Arts Council England and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.


Upcoming events in this season

Hadley Freeman and House of Glass

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Hadley Freeman and House of Glass
Sat 28 March 11:30
Talk
Hadley Freeman joins Jenny Lacey to talk about her new book House of Glass, where she investigates her family’s secret history.

Writing the news

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Writing the news
Sat 28 March 14:00
Panel Discussion
A panel discussion with Bidisha, Coco Khan, Anoosh Chakelian and Nandini Archer discussing the role women journalists have in explaining the world we live in.

Women Writing Today 

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Women in Writing Today
Sat 28 March 16:30
Panel Discussion
Join some of the most exciting writers working in the UK today as they discuss their creative practice, their literary inspirations, and their journey towards becoming writers.

Viv Groskop lifts us all up!

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Viv Groskop lifts us all up!
Sat 28 March 19:00
Talk
Journalist, writer and comedian Viv Groskop makes a welcome return to Bristol to talk about her new book: Lift As You Climb.

Writing our lives

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Writing Our Lives
Sun 29 March 11:30
Panel Discussion
Dr Madhu Krishnan talks to Juliet Jacques, Olivia Sudjic, Zeba Talkhani and Clover Stroud about why women are turning to new forms of memoir to explore and write our lives.

Professor Helen Taylor: Why Women Read Fiction 

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Professor Helen Taylor: Why Women Read Fiction 
Sun 29 March 14:00
Talk
Professor Helen Taylor introduces her groundbreaking book on women reading fiction.

Women in Translation 

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Women in Translation
Sun 29 March 16:00
Panel Discussion
Literary translator Rosalind Harvey chairs a discussion on the gender disparity in translation with writers and translators Laia Jufresa, Olivia Hellewell and more guests TBC.

Women Writing the Wild

Bristol Women's Literature Festival
Women Writing the Wild
Sun 29 March 18:00
Panel Discussion
A panel discussion led by Dr Samantha Walton on the role literature can play in engaging us with the natural world.

£8.00 full / £6.00 concessions / £5.00 24 and under