When I’m not reading, which I grant you isn’t often, I like to listen to podcasts. If those podcasts are about my favourite subject, books, I’m sold before first hearing.
Last week Women’s Prize For Fiction announced they were launching a brand new podcast, “championing the very best writing by women from around the world”, so I grabbed my headphones, hit the subscribe button and had a listen.
Episode one entitled “Thinking Pink: What Feminism Means to Millenials” is introduced by Zing Tsjeng, author and UK editor of Vice, hosted by author and Women’s Prize founder and director, Kate Mosse, with a panel comprised of; journalist, author and Women’s Prize 2019 judge Dolly Alderton, Feminist campaigner and author Scarlet Curtis and publisher Clarissa Pabi. The panelists talk about what Feminism means to them and share some of the Feminist books that have inspired them.
Dolly Alderton chose The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy, a memoir. At her interview for a post at The New Yorker, Levy told David Remnick “I write about women, who want a lot, who ask for a lot, who demand a lot from their life”.
Scarlet Curtis picked Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas, which appears as a short story in the back of feminist classic A Room of One’s Own. In Three Guineas, “Virginia Woolf imagines she has Three Guineas, what would she give them to in order to prevent war”.
Clarissa Pabi recommended Blonde Roots by Bernadine Evaristo, which she described as “Handmaid’s Tale meets Noughts and Crosses, with a bit of Jonathan Swift and Lewis Carol thrown in.”
Kate Mosse rounded off the chat with this beautiful sentiment “The way that we can honour and amplify women’s voices is to read their work. Borrow it, buy it, share it…”
To listen to the first two episodes and to subscribe to make sure you don’t miss their next bookish chat click here to go to Acast.