To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, we are reminding you of some recent good news for women in the publishing industry and highlighting forthcoming publishing events. We’d also like to celebrate a selection of inspiring female authors whose works should be on your bookshelf if they aren’t already! Let us know who is on your list. On a more serious note, if you’re working in publishing and looking for ways to promote gender diversity, do take a look at the report and recommendations provided by the REC here: www.rec.uk.com/genderdiversity
On the Authors’ Club Best First Novel List this year, we see many more female writers’ names. The prize fund is to support UK authors and last year’s winner was Gail Honeyman with `Eleanor Ophiliant is Completely Fine’. To see women dominating the list is encouraging, to read more click here: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/women-dominate-authors-club-longlist-965126
Are you a woman who has worked in publishing with great achievements? Do you know a woman whose achievements or promise within publishing is worth celebrating? The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize (partnership with The Society of Young Publishers) is open to any woman who has worked in publishing for up to seven years! You can nominate yourself or another! Click here for submission forms and to find out more: https://kimscottwalwyn.org/ The deadline is 5pm (GMT) Monday 18th March 2019.
Girls can do Anything, a new panel series has some great upcoming events! The first one was a huge success and you can read our blog on it here: https://blog.atwoodtatepublishingjobs.co.uk/girls-can-do-anything/ If you are looking to get into the publishing industry or are a new writer searching for tips to build dynamic and strong female characters, this event is for you! You can buy tickets to the next event on the 20th March here: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/classes/girls-can-do-anything
Crime fiction – women are dominating! `Gone Girl’ and `The Woman on the Train’ are examples of huge successes! This is great, but are women being given enough recognition in terms of nominations and awards in this field is another debate. Read more here: https://girltalkhq.com/female-authors-dominate-the-crime-mystery-genres-but-arent-being-given-enough-recognition/
Female Authors you should be reading:
Carol Ann Duffy – An award winning poet and Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. `The Feminine Gospels’ and `The World’s Wife’ are must reads!
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – A Nigerian author, whose work drew upon the Biafran War. A writer of short stories, novels, non-fiction and essays. We recommend `Purple Hibiscus’ and `Half of a Yellow Sun’.
Doris Lessing – Lessing was a British-Zimbabwean novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. Lessing has been described as `that epicist of the female experience’. `The Golden Notebook’ is definitely one we would recommend.
Enid Blyton – A fantastic writer of Children’s Literature, with millions of copies sold all over the world. Blyton’s writing is quintessentially British. `The Famous Five’ series are a classic!
Maya Angelou – A poet, activist and storyteller. Angelou has also published autobiographies and essays. Give `I know why the caged bird sings’ and `And Still I Rise’ a go!
Toni Morrison – A writer on gripping themes, unique language style and teller of the American reality and detailed African American characters. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. `Beloved’ and `Song of Solomon’ are must reads.
Virginia Woolf – Woolf is considered one of the most important 20th century authors, with her exploration of the human condition, post war society and politics. Put `To the Lighthouse’ and `Mrs Dalloway’ on your reading lists!