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Marian Keyes’ top tips for new writers

For the sixth year running, we’ve teamed up with Grazia to launch the 2016 Grazia and Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter competition, with the aim of finding a…

Sat 4 June, 2016


Inspiring women on the books that made them

Last night, the Baileys Prize Book Bar at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road played host to an exceptional panel of inspiring women, chaired by novelist and Baileys Prize co-founder Kate Mosse…

Fri 20 May, 2016


Three questions: Kate Mosse

Every night, in the luxurious surroundings of the Baileys Prize Book Bar, we’ll be asking three bookish questions of our notable guests. Last night, we caught up with Baileys…

Wed 18 May, 2016


A Q&A with Laurie Penny

With this year’s brilliant shortlist now out, we caught up with marvellous 2016 judge Laurie Penny. Read on to find out what she’s looking for in a Baileys Women’s…

Mon 25 April, 2016


Elif Shafak on women writers and boundaries

At last week’s 2016 shortlist event, brilliant judge Elif Shafak gave a wonderful speech prior to announcing this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. Elif has kindly…

Mon 18 April, 2016


A Q&A with Elif Shafak

Following the announcement of this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist, we caught up with 2016 judge Elif Shafak to discuss Little Women, Angela Merkel and why…

Wed 23 March, 2016


A Q&A with Naga Munchetty

With the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist now announced (take a peek here if you haven’t seen it yet), we sat down with Naga Munchetty, one of…

Fri 11 March, 2016


A Q&A with Tracey Thorn

With just a week to go until this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist is announced, we grabbed a couple of minutes with one of our brilliant 2016…

Mon 29 February, 2016


A Q&A with Margaret Mountford

We caught up with this year’s Chair of Judges Margaret Mountford to ask her all about the judging process so far, what her criteria is for a Baileys…

Mon 22 February, 2016


Awards are a serious business – as garden gnome reminds me

Tracey Thorn, one of our brilliant 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction judges, talks awards, gnomes and sorting books into ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and Maybe’ piles in this fantastic New…

Mon 14 December, 2015


Q&A with Shami Chakrabarti

Today marks the final day of the BBC Woman’s Hour coverage of our 20th anniversary celebrations. The last Chair of Judges to take to the airwaves on BBC Radio…

Fri 30 October, 2015


Q&A with Helen Fraser

This morning Helen Fraser, 2014 Chair of Judges, will be championing ‘her’ year’s winning book A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing on BBC Woman’s Hour. Listen in to…

Wed 28 October, 2015