The Reading Room

Author interviews


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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Georgina Roberts: On Juggling Writing, Motherhood and Work


  Georgina Roberts won the First Chapter competition in 2017, selected from 700 entries from aspiring female writers. Award-winning, bestselling author Maggie O’Farrell, set up the story, called…

Thu 20 February, 2020

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From First Chapter to First Novel: Luan Goldie


  Luan Goldie was born in Glasgow but has lived in East London for most of her life. She is a primary school teacher, and formerly a business…

Thu 20 February, 2020

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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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A Q&A with Oyinkan Braithwaite


  Oyinkan Braithwaite has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction for My Sister the Serial Killer. We caught up with Oyinkan to discuss thrillers, being…

Sun 28 April, 2019

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A Q&A with Pat Barker


  The brilliant Pat Barker has been longlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction with The Silence of the Girls. We caught up with Pat to discuss…

Sat 27 April, 2019

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A Q&A with Akwaeke Emezi


  Akwaeke Emezi has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Freshwater. We caught up with Akwaeke to talk about Igbo ontology, revisiting trauma through…

Tue 23 April, 2019

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A Q&A Bernice L. McFadden


  Bernice L. McFadden has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Praise Song for the Butterflies. We caught up with her to talk about the…

Tue 16 April, 2019

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A Q&A with Diana Evans


Diana Evans has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction for Ordinary People. We caught up with Diana to ask her about the musical influences within Ordinary…

Sun 14 April, 2019

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A Q&A with Sarah Moss


  Sarah Moss has been longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Ghost Wall. We caught up with Sarah to discuss Iron Age re-enactment camps, barbarity…

Fri 5 April, 2019

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