On 20 June, we held a discussion on women, feminism and power at the University of East Anglia to round up our series of events for the F Word. The event was part of the Worlds Literature Festival. Granta’s Deputy Editor Ellah Allfrey was joined by three contributors to Granta 115: the Indian feminist publisher Urvashi Butalia, Croatian journalist and fiction writer Maja Hrgovic and A.S. Byatt – one of Britain’s finest writers.
Below is a live recording of A.S. Byatt’s reading from an early scene in her novel The Children’s Book. We meet the characters at a garden party in 1895, where a number of women are about to encounter choices not open to those who lived before them. They can go to university, become professionals – yet the characters are questioning why, and how, this has happened.
Click here to read a write up of the event with photographs by the Writers’ Centre Norwich. Also, stay tuned for a podcast of the whole event coming up over the weekend, with readings from all the authors.
Photographs courtesy of Writers’ Centre Norwich
Also on The F Word Online:
‘The Bible made me a raging heathen feminist. Does that count?’: your unadaluterated Feminist Bibles.
‘…kill something larger than a squirrel at least once a day’, and other Notes for a Young Gentleman from Toby Litt.
Elizabeth Bishop and Sacrificial Feminism: a look at women-only poetry anthologies.