The Reading Room

In the writers studio


Lexie Elliott: Juggling family, work and writing


  Lexie Elliott has been writing for as long as she can remember, but she began to focus on it more seriously after she lost her banking job…

Mon 30 March, 2020

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Diana Evans: Writing Tips


  Award-winning author (and 2019 Women’s Prize shortlistee) Diana Evans is one of the judges of our Grazia First Chapter competition this year. To inspire you to put…

Tue 10 March, 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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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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Our Grazia First Chapter competition is open for 2020


  They say that everyone has a novel in them. And, if you have ever dreamed of getting that novel published, this could be the push you need…

Thu 20 February, 2020

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‘A Real Stand-Out Moment in My Life’: Sue Wallman


  Sue Wallman’s journey to publication took eight years, and picked up pace when she won The Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award in 2013. Having worked…

Sun 16 February, 2020

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Maia Jenkins: On winning our Grazia First Chapter Competition


  Maia Jenkins is a writer currently living and working in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Women’s Prize x Grazia First Chapter…

Fri 31 January, 2020

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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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Imogen Hermes Gowar: Where I Write


Imogen Hermes Gowar was shortlisted for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. We caught up with Imogen to ask her about her…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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Kamila Shamsie: Where I Write


Kamila Shamsie won the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction with Home Fire. We caught up with Kamila to ask her about her workspace, and her writing process.   Where do…

Fri 25 May, 2018

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In the Writer’s Studio: Gwendoline Riley


Each week until the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner’s announcement on June 7th, we’ll be giving you an insight into the workspaces of our brilliant 2017 shortlisted…

Wed 31 May, 2017

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In the Writer’s Studio: Naomi Alderman


Each week until the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner’s announcement on June 7th, we’ll be giving you an insight into the workspaces of our brilliant 2017 shortlisted…

Fri 19 May, 2017

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