Previously at the ICA - Events
16 Feb 2011
Women dominate both behind the scenes, in publishing, and at the checkout, in fiction sales. So why is it that when it comes to lists and prizes, novels by men dominate? We no longer have the term 'authoress' or 'poetess', but we still have 'the woman novelist'. Are chick lit and commercial women’s fiction named as such, and looked down upon, because they are genres dominated by and thought to be inherently female? What gets reviewed and by whom? What gets read and by whom? What is regarded as significant and event-worthy – and by whom? And why are we still having these conversations in 2010?
For this and more come and hear Kate Mosse, best-selling author and co-founder of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Lennie Goodings, publisher at iconic women's imprint Virago Press, Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC and Orange and Samuel Johnson prizes judge, Antonia Byatt, Director of Literature at the Arts Council and former Director of the Women's Library, and Professor Mary Evans researcher in literature and gender at the Gender Institute.