We support women writers living and working in the East of England * Shortlisted for the Women In Publishing New Venture Award 2015 & 2016, for Saboteur Best One-Off Event 2015 and Best Anthology 2014 * Our anthologies are available to buy from Unthank Books * Become a Supporter and help us on our journey - see page We Need Your Help! * Our prose competition launches here on September 5th! * Writing Sundays, our series of women-only writing workshops, launches here August 19th!
Words and Women is
running a series of Writing Sundays in Norwich to support their bid to raise
funds for a virtual office and new website.
The series of exciting women-only writing workouts, designed to be an
energizing dip into creativity and held on 3 Sundays in September and one on
the first of October, are led by professional writers in prose, poetry,
scriptwriting, and devised theatre. Learn how to kickstart your first novel
with Sarah Ridgard, join poet Julia Webb on the theme of family and childhood
in poetry, devise theatre with Hannah Walker and transform a Suffragette text
into a contemporary script with Belona Greenwood. Book up for all four or fix
on one that sparks your imagination.
The workshops take place in The Old Hospital Chapel, Fellowes Plain,
Norwich, NR1 4DL all between 10 and 12 a.m (except for week 3 which will run
between 9.45 – 12.15). The Chapel is on Wessex
Street and has disabled access, loos and a café. Please see the dedicated blog page Writing Sundays for registration details and additional information.
If a workshop
doesn’t appeal then Words and Women are asking supporters to dip into their
pockets and support their crowd-funding appeal. Click here for more info.
We're seeking to
raise £3,500 by the end of September 2017 by asking people to become supporters
offering donations of £5 and £25.
In return for their generosity, £5 supporters will
receive advance notice of events and competitions planned for 2018.The supporter’s name will also appear on the
sponsors’ page of a new 2018 publication, the Words & Women compendium.
Become a Super Supporter for £25 and
receive all of the above and a free copy of the compendium which will be
published on the 8th March, International Women’s Day. Their name
will also be entered in a prize draw for a bumper selection of books by women writers,
published in the UK.
And Women is at a crucial stage in its development. It’s
been in existence for 6 years and is gaining in reputation and profile
and, as usual, we’re working hard to develop its activities to ensure
its continued success. We have great plans for 2018: the Year of
Publishing Women and the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage in the UK. But we need
your help to realise these plans.
By becoming a Words And Women Supporter for £5 or a Super Supporter for £25 you can enable us to continue on our journey. Everybody who donates will receive a
little something from us by way of a big thank you!
And below is a list of our achievements so far. A reminder
of the fabulous work we do.
Words & Women: Six years
Readings and International Women's Day Events
6th June 2017 - Launch of Words
and Women: Four at La Raza, Cambridge, with Jill Dawson and DiDi
8th March 2017 – Going High,
street performance, Norwich City Centre
7 – 11th March 2017 - City of Women, a week of words, book,
print, art, voice,Nunns Yard Gallery
and 13A Gallery, Norwich
26- 28th October 2016 -
Watton Library, Gorleston Library, Swaffham Library - launch of Gull Stones & Cuckoos
21st April 2016 – The Library
8th March 2016 - International Women's Day,
Norwich, 5th anniversary event, in aid of Women For Refugee Women,
Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
June 2015 - Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, Cambridge
8th March 2015 - International Women's Day, The Fusion Digital Gallery, The Forum, Norwich,
Norwich - shortlisted for Best One-Off Event, Saboteur Awards
29th October 2014 - Meet the author Jane Harris,
10th October 2014 - New Gothic Fiction, Sound
& Vision Festival, Norwich
3rd October 2014 - Prose competition launch, Book
24th September 2014 - Wymondham Words, Wymondham
June 2014 - Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, Cambridge
May 2014 - It's Your Festival, St Gregory's Green, Norwich
24th May 2014 - Art, Gardens & Words, the first
Chelsea Fringe garden event for this region, Plantation Garden, Earlham Road,
2014 - International Women's Day, The Lounge, Norwich
October 2013 – Dos and Don’ts panel discussion with Trezza Azzopardi, Jean
Hogg, Hayley Long and Sarah Poulton, Apple Tree Café, Norwich
8th March 2013 - International Women’s
Day, Fusion Digital Gallery, The Forum, Norwich – event included a
girls’ reading and a drawing exhibition
8th March 2012 - International Women’s Day, The
Norwich & Norfolk Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich & The
Bicycle Shop, Norwich
8th March 2011 - International Women’s Day, The
Norwich & Norfolk Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich
published in conjunction with Unthank Books
Words & Women: One, 2014
Words & Women: Two, 2015
Words & Women: Three,
Gull Stones &
Words & Women: Four, 2017
annual prose competition has been running since 2013. In 2016 we received
sponsorship from Hosking Houses Trust which meant we were able to offer a
national prize for a woman writer over the age of 40 of £1000 and a month’s
writing residency, in conjunction with our usual regional prize of £600. Gold
Dust mentoring supported our regional prize by offering its winner a mentoring
session with Jill Dawson the best-selling novelist.
Writes, launched August 2016, a partnership between Norfolk Library and
Information Service and Words and Women supported by Arts Council England.
Women of all ages and backgrounds from Gorleston, Watton and Swaffham were
invited to attend 10 weeks of life-writing sessions in their local libraries
led by two professional writers, Belona Greenwood, co-organiser of Words and
Women, and award-winning poet Heidi Williamson. The project was coordinated by
Anna Brett of Create Projects. The writing resulted in the anthology Gull Stones & Cuckoos.
supported project About was launched
in August 2014. Women writers based in the East of England were invited to
submit a proposal for a short text of 4,000 words or half-an-hour long
exploring the life of one woman and her relationship to place. The award-winning scripts are published in our
anthology Words And Women: Two . Extracts from the scripts were also performed at
our IWD event on 8th March 2015 at The Fusion Digital Gallery, Norwich.
Young Writers’ Project, launched in May 2014 with
the support of the Co-Op Community Fund.Meg Rosoff, award-winning
author of the widely-acclaimed How I Live
Now, Just In Case, The Bride’s Farewell and There is No Dog, spent a day with 50
girls at the Hewett School in Norwich. Rosoff delivered two masterclasses on
voice. These masterclasses were followed in the autumn term by an ambitious
series of workshops where students explored short fiction and poetry.
Space is a short film made by Words And Women in
conjunction with Jean Hogg of Campbell Cloud Films. It was shown at The Lounge,
St Benedicts Street, Norwich, at Words And Women's International Women's Day
event, 8th March 2014. It was also shown on the Norfolk And Norwich Millennium
Library screens and Norfolk On-line.
Shortlisted for Best Anthology
2014, Saboteur Awards
Shortlisted for Best One-Off
Event 2015, Saboteur Awards
Shortlisted for the Women in Publishing New Venture Award 2015 &