Howdy hepcats! Are you ready for another spooktacular instalment of 'That's What She Said', For Books’ Sake’s night of spoken word all written and performed by women? By welcoming a wide range of speakers, from slam poetry to storytelling, contemporary political thought to comedy, we bring women’s voices to the forefront, while at the same time giving a platform to writers and performers we love.
Speaking on the night:
Holly Bourne is an author and journalist. Working an advice charity for young people and her own experiences of blatant sexism, drove her to write Am I Normal Yet? - the first book in the critically acclaimed Normal series about three girls who start their own grassroots feminist campaign group. The trilogy has inspired young girls to start their own groups all over the UK and Holly tours schools and festivals to talk to young people about gender equality. She has also appeared at the Southbank’s WOW Festival and the Emerald Street Literary Festival at events on how to talk to young people about feminism. To mark the release of What’s a Girl Gotta Do? – the last book in the trilogy – Holly launched #IamaFeminist social media campaign which trended worldwide.
Josa Young spent her early years running wild in the Kent countryside with her brothers. When she was seven everything changed. Her parents moved to the top of a isolated hill miles from friends and family, and she was sent away to boarding school. Just when she needed to, she found she could read after all. The next ten years were spent hiding from the harsh boarding school atmosphere in books, from which she emerged to study English Literature at Cambridge University. She has been a features editor and writer on magazines and newspapers - including Vogue, Tatler, Country Living, Elle Decoration and the Times - and created her first online content in 1996, which she is still doing 20 years later. She blogs for the Huffington Post, and performs her poetry in London regularly. Her first novel One Apple Tasted was published in 2009 by Elliott & Thompson, her second, Sail Upon the Land, was published in December 2014.
Melissa Lee-Houghton was announced as a Next Generation Poet in 2014. Her first and second collections are published by Penned in the Margins. Beautiful Girls was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poem ‘i am very precious’ was shortlisted for The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She has received a Northern Writers’ Award for her fiction. She lives in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Barbara Nadel is a full-time author of two crime fiction series. One, the Cetin Ikmen series, is set in Istanbul and is published by Headline. The other, the Hakim and Arnold series, is set in the East End of London and is published by Quercus. Originally trained as an actress, Barbara has a degree in psychology and worked in psychiatric institutions before becoming a full-time writer. She is married with one son and one grandson and she currently lives in Essex. She is allowed to live in what she only thinks is her house, by the real owner, a Siamese cat called Lily.
Ghalia Edrees is a Saudi-British designer and Author of Love & Live Blog. Raised in Saudi Arabia and moved to the UK in 2014. She channels her anger towards an oppressive society Saudi through her writings and promotes progressive thinking. A 35-year-old liberal Muslim and human rights activist whose articles have been featured on sister-hood and Sedaa Magazines. Ghalia jeopardizes her safety to voice her truthful opinion on political and religious topics whilst embracing her femininity reflected in her poetry.
Open mic walk ups on the evening are welcomed but with limited places it might be advisable to email email@example.com if you have a burning desire to speak out and speak up.
Get your tickets for only £7 now while you can, or come along on the night for £10 on the door. And remember - For Books' Sake is a volunteer led, charitable organisation so all your pennies will be going back into championing women writers!