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Fill: The Present Is Female.

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Women In Storytelling.


While we talk about new exciting ways to write across genders, women’s writing is still cornered as marginal or “exceptional.” Things are slowly changing, but how? Four writers on the role of women in the cultural industry and feminism in the 2010s. Drawing from their different backgrounds – fiction, translation and publishing – these writers will compare their experience in making female voices heard.


Ka Bradley is a writer and editor based in London. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Under The Influence, Somesuch Stories, The Offing and Catapult, among others. She is an editor at Granta Books and Portobello Books, and an editorial director at 3 of Cups Press.

Jen Calleja is a writer and literary translator from German. She is the inaugural Translator in Residence at the British Library. Her debut poetry collection Serious Justice was published by Test Centre last year, and her short fiction and poetry have been published by 3:AMAmbitStructo and Funhouse.

Claudia Durastanti is a writer and translator based in London. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Nero Magazine, and La Repubblica. She was the Italian Fellow of Literature at the American Academy in Rome in 2015. Her latest novel is Cleopatra va in prigione.

Sara Taylor was born and raised in rural Virginia. In 2017 she completed the Ph.D. in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. The Shore, her debut novel, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her latest book is The Lauras.


Emanuela Patti (researcher, University of Birmingham) and Stefano Jossa (literary critic, Royal Holloway University of London).

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Panel Discussion.

This event will be in English.