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Women's Prize for Fiction: Virtual Shortlist Festival 2022

Women's Prize for Fiction: Virtual Shortlist Festival 2022

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Our much loved virtual shortlist festival is back! Join host Kate Mosse + our six shortlisted authors, plus a line-up of well-known actors.

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Join Kate Mosse, our six shortlisted authors and a host of celebrated actors, including Gillian Anderson, Naomie Harris and Jason Isaacs, for three unmissable literary events. Featuring readings from the shortlisted novels, candid conversations and the opportunity to put your questions to the authors, this is the ultimate celebration of women's writing!

Hosted by bestselling author and Women's Prize Co-Founder Director Kate Mosse, each evening you’ll get to hear our six inspiring shortlisted authors delve into their writing journeys and get the chance to put your burning questions to them live.

Each shortlisted book has been paired with a world-class actor, who will perform an exclusive reading. This year's star-studded line-up includes Gillian Anderson fresh from series three of Sex Education, bringing Meg Mason's Sorrow and Bliss to life; Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs performing an extract from Ruth Ozeki's The Book of Form and Emptiness; Alex Kingston of ER and Doctor Who fame reading Elif Shafak's The Island of Missing Trees, Sherlock star Louise Brealey reading an extract from Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle, Irene Bedard, star of Westworld aand the voice of Disney's 1995 film Pocahontas, performing Louise Erdrich's The Sentence and Bond actress Naomie Harris reading from Lisa Allen-Agostini's The Bread the Devil Knead.

So gather your book-loving friends, stock up on snacks and settle in for three nights of inspiring book chat alongside readers from around the world…

'Wonderful events, inspirational women . . . Can we do this again next year, Women’s Prize?' - 2021 virtual festival attendee

You can either buy a single night ticket for £10, or get access to all three nights for £25.

Monday 23rd May 2022, 7.30pm BST: Elif Shafak + Meg Mason, chaired by Kate Mosse, featuring readings from Alex Kingston + Gillian Anderson

Tuesday 24th May 2022, 7.30pm BST: Maggie Shipstead + Lisa Allen-Agostini, chaired by Kate Mosse, featuring readings from Louise Brealey + Naomie Harris.

Wednesday 25th May 2022, 7.30pm BST: Ruth Ozeki + Louise Erdrich, chaired by Kate Mosse, featuring readings from Jason Isaacs + Irene Bedard.

You can buy a £25 ticket pass for all three events, and you can add a copy of our Women’s Prize Journal, which celebrates 25 years of the Prize, to your purchase.

You can also buy a ticket along with a copy of a 2022 shortlisted book, courtesy of our partners Bookshop.org, with 10% of the sale going to support indie bookshops. You are also invited to make a donation to the Women’s Prize Trust, to support our work championing the very best writing by women for everyone.

Please consider adding a donation to the Women's Prize Trust to your ticket. This will help us to develop a global community of women writers and readers, reducing social isolation and enhancing mental health and wellbeing. The Women’s Prize Trust is a registered charity (1181253).

*Once you have bought a ticket, on each day of the programme you will receive an automatic Eventbrite email containing a new Zoom link allowing you to access that night's event.

If you cannot attend at the time of the event, an email with a viewing link will be sent to all ticket holders the morning after the live event, so you can watch on catch up.

Refunds are available up to 48 hours before the day of the event .

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