Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

Bristol Women's Literature Festival

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival returns from 16-18 March, with the majority of events taking place at Watershed on the Harbourside.

About Bristol Women’s Literature Festival

Presented in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas, Watershed, and Bristol Women’s Voice, Bristol Women’s Literature Festival brings together the country’s best women writers, academics, and feminist commentators for a weekend of thought-provoking discussion, debate, and activity.

You’ll be able to discover the best contemporary women writers, discuss feminist activism in the 100 years since UK suffrage, and meet your favourite YA writers. It’s an opportunity to celebrate women who lived solo, and give yourself chills re-discovering your love of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

The programme features speakers as diverse as Louise Doughty, Meena Kandasamy, Patrice Lawrence, Samira Ahmed, Sheila Rowbotham and many, many more. Together we will celebrate women’s creativity and artistic achievements, counter the male dominance of cultural line-ups, and explore women’s literary history.

The festival has three aims:

1. To celebrate the diversity and creativity of women writers
2. To counter the male dominance of literature and cultural festival line-ups
3. To promote women’s writing and literary history

What’s On

Following a launch party at Spike Island on Friday 16 March, for which tickets are on sale now, the following events will all take place at Watershed:

Saturday 17 March

10am – 10.45am: Living alone and liking it with Joanna Scutts

11.30am – 1pm: 100 years since suffrage: feminism and protest

2.30pm – 4pm: Women Writing Today

Sunday 18 March

11am – 12pm: 200 years of Frankenstein with Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Read Women: Why we love talking about books

3.30pm – 5pm: Writing YA

Tickets will go on sale on 27 January.

For further information, including more details about the above events,