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Denise Mina’s 5 Under-Appreciated Scottish Women Writers


Happy Burns Night one and all! To mark the occasion, Scottish crime writer, playwright and 2014 Women’s Prize for Fiction judge, Denise Mira has put together a list of…

Thu 25 January, 2018

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Celebrating 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein


This year marks the 200th anniversary since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considered by many to be one of literature’s greatest novels. Brought up by her father, Mary…

Thu 18 January, 2018

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Our top 10 quotes from 2017


It’s no secret that 2017 has been a great year for women’s fiction, we’ve had new novels from Women’s Prize winners Ali Smith and Zadie Smith, 4 out…

Thu 28 December, 2017

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Mary Beard on Women & Power


Britain’s best-known classicist and former Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Mary Beard, has just released a feminist manifesto you need to know about! In Women & Power Mary revisits the gender…

Fri 10 November, 2017

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Outsiders: 5 Women Who Changed the World


It’s not a secret that we love an opportunity to celebrate women’s voices, and the release of Outsiders, the latest book from award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon is the…

Fri 27 October, 2017

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Thriller Queens on What Makes a Killer Read


At the Baileys Prize Book Bar, at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road, we brought together a line-up of internationally bestselling writers to talk about what makes a great thriller. As…

Fri 27 October, 2017

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Q&A: Women’s Equality Party Founder Catherine Mayer


Following a brilliant appearance at our Stories for Rebel Girls event at Latitude Festival this year, we caught up with the fantastic Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women’s Equality…

Fri 1 September, 2017

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Our Top 10 Picks for Edinburgh Book Fest


This year’s Edinburgh Book Festival looks set to be the best yet, with an incredible array of authors from seasoned international bestsellers to exciting debut writers. Plus, we’ve…

Fri 11 August, 2017

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Together We Can Do Great Things


Last week at the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction awards party, in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom, Syl Saller, Diageo Chief Marketing Officer, gave a rousing speech at…

Mon 12 June, 2017

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Our judges pick their dream book club guests


The wonderful 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judges have revealed their dream book club guests. From singers to authors, they’ve picked some incredible guests and we’re giving…

Sun 5 March, 2017

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Read Kate Mosse’s piece for The Pool


[This piece was commissioned by The Pool and written by our co-founder Kate Mosse] Women’s Prize for Fiction founder Kate Mosse has been standing up for women writers…

Sun 29 January, 2017

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Get to know our 2017 judges!


As it’s now 2017 and this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction is on the horizon, we thought it was about time you got to know our brilliant…

Sat 28 January, 2017

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