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Bristol Women’s Literature Festival Presents: the Future of Women’s Writing

Waterstones  |  £6 - £8

Join fiction and non-fiction writers Jessica Au, Noreen Masud, Sian Norris and Olivia Sudjic and as they discuss their writing, perspectives on literature, influences and inspirations, and explore themes of character, subject, place, intersectionality and the future of women’s writing. This final Bristol Women’s Literature event offers a celebration of some of the most exciting emerging literary talent working today, across a range of styles and mediums. 

Jessica Au is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Cold Enough for Snow won the inaugural Novel Prize, run by Giramondo, New Directions and Fitzcarraldo Editions, and is set to be published in eighteen countries. It also won the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2022, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction in 2023 and the Victorian Prize for Literature 2023.

Noreen Masud is a Lecturer in Twentieth Century Literature at the University of Bristol, and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker. Her academic monograph Stevie Smith and the Aphorism: Hard Language (Oxford University Press, 2022) won the MSA First Book Award in 2023; her memoir-travelogue A Flat Place (Hamish Hamilton and Melville House Press, 2023) has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Non-fiction 2024 and shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award 2024.

Olivia Sudjic is a writer living in London. In 2023 she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Her debut novel Sympathy (2017) was a finalist for the Salerno European Book Award and Collyer Bristow Prize. Exposure (2018) is an extended essay on anxiety and making art in the digital age. Asylum Road (2021) was shortlisted for the Encore Award and the Gordon Bowker Volcano Prize. Her next novel, The Termite Queen, will be published by Bloomsbury next year.

Sian Norris crop credit Jon Snedden

Sian Norris is a writer and journalist specialising in reproductive and LGBTIQ rights. She is the founder of the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival and a regular speaker and contributor with Bristol Ideas.

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