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‘Just get the words down on paper’: Maggie O’Farrell’s insights for writers


  Author Maggie O’Farrell joined our trustee and Sandeep Mahal on Instagram Live, discussing how she went from “writing short stories about cats” as a child and “some…

Mon 7 December, 2020

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‘Feel the fear and take the step, anyway’: Discoveries judge Abi Daré


  We’re thrilled that bestselling novelist Abi Daré is part of the inaugural judging panel for Discoveries, our new writing development programme. Discoveries is now open for submissions, seeking the…

Wed 18 November, 2020

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Kate Mosse: On Writing and Getting Published


We are delighted that Discoveries, our writers’ development programme in partnership with Curtis Brown and NatWest is now open for entries. We will be providing inspiration and encouragement for new…

Fri 25 September, 2020

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A Room Made of Leaves: Kate Grenville on researching her new novel


  If you’ve been joining in with our #ReadingWomen challenge, you’ll have read Kate Grenville’s incredible Women’s Prize for Fiction winner The Idea of Perfection, and you’ll be…

Fri 7 August, 2020

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Eimear McBride: a Q&A with our 2014 winner


2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and we’re celebrating a quarter of a century of phenomenal winners. We caught up with 2014 winner…

Mon 2 March, 2020

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25 Years of the Women’s Prize: A Message from Helen Dunmore’s Estate


Helen Dunmore was the very first winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, in 1996, back when it was known as the Orange Prize. Helen won with her…

Fri 21 February, 2020

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Women Writers Revisited: Dolly Alderton on Nora Ephron


  Welcome to our regular feature Women Writers Revisited, a segment in which brilliant women tell us the female writers who have inspired them. Next up, 2019 Women’s…

Mon 13 January, 2020

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Helen Taylor: Why do women read novels?


  To us, and many of you, reading fiction is like breathing – something we would struggle to live without. But why is it that novels are so…

Fri 10 January, 2020

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An exclusive read from Margaret Atwood


  We’re beyond excited for the new Margaret Atwood novel The Testaments, publishing today. The long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, few novels have been more anticipated than…

Tue 10 September, 2019

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Women Writers Revisited: Bidisha on Iris Murdoch


  Welcome to our regular new feature Women Writers Revisited, a segment in which brilliant women associated with the Women’s Prize tell us the overlooked female writers who…

Fri 2 August, 2019

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A Q&A with Anna Burns


  Anna Burns has been shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Milkman. We caught up with Anna to discuss characters appearing fully formed and the…

Fri 31 May, 2019

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A Q&A with Tayari Jones


Tayari Jones has been shortlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction with An American Marriage. We caught up with Tayari to discuss writing characters that feel real, broaching…

Fri 17 May, 2019

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