Words And Women supports and promotes women writers living and working in the East of England today.
We hold a celebration annually around the 8th March, International Women’s Day, in Norwich, which combines readings from talented local women writers with music, film and sometimes theatre, story-telling and art too. This lively, vibrant, free event is attended by men, women and children.
The feedback has always been great and has encouraged us to grow year on year.
Lynne is the author of a short story collection, Envy At The Cheese Handout (published by Faber & Faber), and the novels Gorgeous and Like Rabbits (Sceptre). Her work has appeared in anthologies, has been broadcast on the radio and adapted for film. She's taught creative writing to adults and children at - amongst others - NUA, UEA and for The Arvon Foundation.
Melissa is a writer, editor, and translator originally from Montreal, Canada, whose work has been featured in a number of anthologies and publications. She is the author of a poetry collection titled Rue (Anvil Press), and the translator of Nelly Arcan's posthumous collection, Burqa of Skin (Anvil Press). Melissa edits Maisonneuve magazine's quarterly "Writing from Quebec" column and is also an editor for the outdoor magazine Beside. She works as a children's book editor. Her collection of short fiction is forthcoming.
Anna Brett helps us to fund-raise
Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown ran our Twitter feed from 2013 - 2015. In 2012, she was one of ten writers mentored by the Escalator Programme for new writers at Writers' Centre Norwich, and was awarded a grant from Arts Council England to write her first novel, The Words In My Hand.
She is the founder of literary event Books Talk Back, which is hosted in London and Norwich, including at The British Library with support from The Eccles Centre. Isabelle's creative writing has been short-listed for the Ideastap/Writers' Centre Norwich national fiction competition and she also writes and produces arts journalism pieces for Future Radio.
She enjoys reading three books at a time and drinking dangerous amounts of tea.
We have also received a great deal of help over the years at events and with marketing from Deborah Arnander, Leigh Chambers, Rose Cowan, Meghan Douglas-Ellis, Sophia Egler, Bea Fischer-Harrison, Sophie Frank, Moyses Gomez, Nadia Greenwood, Clare Jarrett, Adina Levay, Sarah Long, Gillian McArthur, Lily Meyer, Anthea Morrison, Sofia Moses, Sarah Passingham, Sarah Poulton, Dani Redd, Beth Settle, Kim Sherwood, Paula Wolfe, Madeleine Young, Angela Youngman
A little more history: