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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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