Women’s Prize for Fiction launches new podcast series

In celebration of its 25th anniversary year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction is today launching 25 new episodes of its popular podcast, in partnership with Baileys. The latest series will celebrate the best fiction written by women, welcoming influential names on to the show to discuss and debate the diverse back-catalogue of Women’s Prize-winning books, and exploring the bookshelves of inspirational women.

Guests lined up for the podcast, which will release new episodes fortnightly, include Rizzle Kicks’ Jordan Stephens, bestselling writer and cook Melissa Hemsley, Chair of Judges and businesswoman Martha Lane Fox, writer and Prize Co-Founder Kate Mosse, influencer Liv Purvis, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Gal Dem magazine Liv Little and comedian Jessica Fostekew. The podcast will be hosted by Zing Tsjeng, VICE Executive Editor and author of the recent Forgotten Women series of books.

Running across the next twelve months, the podcast will feature three episode strands:

1. Bookshelfie: 12 episodes will explore the bookshelves of influential women and invite them to talk about their life and work through the lens of the literature that helped shape them

2. #ReadingWomen: Eight episodes will tie in with the Prize’s digital campaign encouraging people to read the 25 winners of the Prize throughout 2020. On each episode, three well-known influencers from the worlds of arts, politics, feminism and comedy will discuss the past 24 Prize winning books, from Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun

3. Live specials: Five special live recordings from exclusive events hosted throughout the 25th anniversary year, including the awards night itself, will provide unrivalled insight into the Women’s Prize’s year-round activity

The podcast aims to open up the world of women’s fiction to wider audiences, to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of women’s writing, and encourage the nation to read more books by women.

Podcast host and VICE Executive Editor Zing Tsjeng said:
“I’m incredibly excited about hosting this series of the Women’s Prize podcast! There’s going to be some amazing discussions featuring really inspirational people, and I’m especially excited to hear about the life-changing books that sit on other women’s bookshelves. The podcast is the perfect way to celebrate everything the Prize has achieved over the past 25 years, and will give us all the chance to consider what the next 25 years holds for women writers.”

The Women’s Prize for Fiction podcast, launched in partnership with Baileys, is available to listen to via Acast here: https://aca.st/83176d