Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Revolting Women

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Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Revolting Women

About Edinburgh International Book Festival Themes: Revolting Women

Adele Patrick is the Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager at Glasgow Women’s Library and is a passionate and active advocate for creating a more inclusive society. For her selected series, Patrick spotlights the field of Queered Nigerian writing; the feminist continuum, through the rich vein of suffragette-themed publishing and makes space for discussions led by women of colour, focused on detoxing institutions. Herland, the legendary Glasgow Women’s Library accessible salon, has its first Festival outing (expect a joy-filled mash-up of diverse musical and literary lionesses and raw, braw talent) and makes feminist waves with a series of free events to honour Revolting Women – the militants and mavericks from 1918-2018 – whilst providing an inspirational oasis for writers and readers of all ages.

Theresa Breslin & Holly Webb: Historic Women
AGE 8-12
Saturday 11 August 14:00 - 15:00
Travel back in time with two historic novelists. CILIP Carnegie Medal winner Theresa Breslin has explored everything from Romans to Revolutionary Russia in her writing. Whilst in The Princess and the Suffragette, Holly Webb has given a new twist to a classic tale by sending the Little Princess to the early 1900s during the height of the suffragette movement. Hear how the authors use strong female characters to empower, encourage and entertain us.

Jenny Landreth
AGE 8-12
SWIM WHEN YOU'RE WINNING
Saturday 11 August 17:00 - 18:00
Less than 100 years ago women didn’t have the same right to swim as men and could be arrested for taking the plunge until the 1930s. Jenny Landreth’s joyful book Swell, shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017, charmingly tells the story of the swimming suffragettes who took to the water to take on the status quo, and won. Spend an hour with Landreth and dive into the past.

The A-Z of Empowerment
AGE 8-12
AGE 8-12
Sunday 12 August 17:00 - 18:00
Be inspired by some scientific greats as Clare Forrest, Fiona Gordon and Kate Livingston guide you through their A-Z of undercelebrated female scientists who changed the world. As they introduce you to the characters in The Mighty Women of Science, they share tales of the hurdles these brilliant academics had to overcome to leave their mark on the scientific world, before encouraging you to take the world by storm yourself.

Celebrating the Suffragettes with David Roberts
AGE 8-12
AGE 10-14
Monday 13 August 12:00 - 13:00
Award-winning illustrator David Roberts's beautiful book, Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, tells of the bravery and achievements of the country's most determined women through stunning pictures and illustrations, marking 100 years since some British women first won the right to vote. Today, David shares some of these stories with you before helping you make your own suffragette rosette.

Chitra Nagarajan & Olumide Popoola
AGE 8-12
QUEER AFRICA
Thursday 16 August 16:00 - 17:00
Chitra Nagarajan is an editor of She Called Me Woman, a groundbreaking collection of stories about life in Africa as a queer woman. These are narratives of first time love, curiosity and growing-up defying society's rules. In When We Speak of Nothing, Olumide Popoola takes us on a journey of self-discovery from the racial tensions of London to the Niger Delta. Join them for a discussion on feminism and intersectionality in contemporary African communities and countries.

Diane Atkinson & Jane Robinson with Adele Patrick
AGE 8-12
DEEDS AND WORDS
Saturday 18 August 10:30 - 11:30
100 years after British women first gained voting rights, two books tell of the remarkable women who fought for equality. Diane Atkinson shares her defining biography of the suffragettes, Rise Up Women, while Jane Robinson's Hearts and Minds explores the Great Pilgrimage of 1913, which saw thousands of women descend on London and demand to be heard.

Votes for Women!
AGE 8-12
ALL AGES
Sunday 19 August 11Votes for Women!
2018 marks 100 years since the first women in Britain won the right to vote. Join us in Story Box to celebrate Vote 100 with placards, rosettes, sashes and suffragette-themed crafts aplenty.

Inspiring Women with Chelsea Clinton
AGE 8-12
FAMILIES & 7+
Sunday 19 August 13:30 - 14:30
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and author of It’s Your World, has authored two new children’s picture books, She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World. Both books celebrate women who have used their voices and determination to change and shape history. Come and be inspired by some of the real-life heroes who feature, including Marie Curie and J K Rowling.

Herland Salon with Glasgow Women's Library
AGE 8-12
CREATIVE WOMEN
Tuesday 21 August 18:30 - 20:00
Mindful of the great tradition of women salonières and gatherings of women creatives that have driven cultural change, Glasgow Women's Library created their Herland Salon, a forum for women to learn and share their thoughts about the world in a creative space. This Salon special combines music, live DJ-ing and stories. Expect surprising pleasures, the cutting edge, diverse voices and new ideas.
Optional dress code: red. You can interpret the dress code as you wish, or come along in whatever you feel comfortable in.

The Take Over Tent for Revolting Women
AGE 8-12
Thursday 23 August 10:00 - 18:00
The Take Over Tent for Revolting Women
The Take Over Tent for Revolting Women is created by Glasgow Women's Library in honour of militants and mavericks 1918-2018, with the aim of making feminist waves. An inspirational oasis for writers and readers of all ages, it's open to everyone. Drop in for strident spine poems, manifesto workshopping and to fuel your appetite for change.

Akwugo Emejulu, Heidi Safia Mirza, Djamila Ribeiro & Sara Wajid
AGE 8-12
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
Thursday 23 August 14:15 - 15:15
Heidi Safia Mirza, Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths University London, and Sara Wajid, Head of Engagement at the Museum of London join Brazilian human rights activist and writer Djamila Ribeiro, and Professor of Sociology at Warwick University, Akwugo Emejulu. Together they discuss the women of colour who play a critical and revolutionary role in 'detoxing' institutions in the education and museum sectors. Their goal: to open up institutions to all people in the 21st century.

The Take Over Tent for Revolting Women
AGE 8-12
Friday 24 August 10:00 - 18:00

The Take Over Tent for Revolting Women
AGE 8-12
Saturday 25 August 10:00 - 18:00

Helen Pankhurst & Fern Riddell with Adele Patrick
AGE 8-12
PIONEERS AND PROVOCATEURS
Saturday 25 August 10:30 - 11:30
The stories of women’s struggles for suffrage are rarely rosy. Historian Fern Riddell’s new book Death in Ten Minutes reveals the shocking tale of Kitty Marion, a violent activist forgotten by history. Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter Helen Pankhurst charts the progress of women’s rights in Deeds Not Words. Talking to Adele Patrick of Glasgow Women's Library, they examine the past and question why so much remains to be done in the fight for equality.

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