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Full festival ticket including opening literary dinner and all meals £125 All day Saturday ticket including meals £63 All day Sunday ticket including meals £45 Individual talks £7 each Individual workshops £25 each Buffet lunch /supper £14 each Opening night literary dinner with SANDI TOKSVIG £40

Book online at: www.adcticketing.com 01223 300 085 (box office) To book full festival, full Saturday or full Sunday tickets online please highlight all the events that day and the discount will be applied. Otherwise call the box office and they will be able to help you.

Friday 24th June

Sunday 26th:

Opening night literary dinner

10:00 – 11:00 | JILL PATON-WALSH AND MARTYN WAITES discuss writing as someone else.

6:00 ‘til late | literary dinner with SANDI TOKSVIG 6:00 – 7:00 | Join us for a sparkling start to the evening with drinks, followed by dinner. Saturday 25th June: 10:00 – 11:00 | MELISSA HINES discusses ‘The search for the female brain’. 11:30 – 1:00 | Crime panel chaired by N. J. COOPER. Panelists: JOHN SUTHERLAND, MARIA REJT AND MICHAEL RIDPATH.

11:15 – 12:30 | ELAINE SHOWALTER introduced by JANET TODD.

18th - 19th June & 24th - 26th June

12:45 – 1:30 | P.D. JAMES: Celebrating P. D. James, a life in crime. 1:30 – 2:00 | BUFFET LUNCH with P. D. JAMES. 2:00 – 2:20 | P. D. JAMES book signing.

LUCY CAVENDISH COLLEGE TRANSFORMING WOMEN'S LIFE AND WORK

2:30 – 4:00 | NICOLA BEAUMAN, SIMON SAVIDGE AND MICHELENE WANDOR: Why Don’t Men Read Books by Women? Chair: ANNA DAVIS.

4:00 | JANE SHAW to talk about her most recent book: Octavia; Daughter 2:00 – 3:30 | ALLISON PEARSON AND Of God. This session is being chaired by JANET SOSKICE. NATASHA WALTER, introduced by JANET TODD.

BUFFET LUNCH

4:00 – 5:30 | DOROTHY ROWE interviewed by SOPHIE HANNAH.

Literary dinner with

Sandi Toksvig

Cost £40 Friday 24th June 6 ‘til late: 6:00 – 7:00 | Join us for a sparkling start to the evening with drinks, followed by dinner

Sandi graduated from Cambridge and, after taking part in Footlights, has gone on to be one of this country’s favourite performers. She has appeared in numerous plays in the theatre and on television. She is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. She is an excellent after dinner speaker; so do come and join us for an evening of good talk and good food.

6:00 – 7:30 | ROSE MELIKAN, MARIA MCCANN and EMMA DARWIN: Beyond the Bursting Bodice. 8:00 – 9:15 | Buffet Supper with WENDY COPE.

Book online at: www.adcticketing.com 01223 300 085 (box office) To book full festival, full Saturday or full Sunday tickets online please highlight all the events that day and the discount will be applied. Otherwise call the box office and they will be able to help you.

Lucy Cavendish College University of Cambridge

Women’s Word | sharing the experiences, language and inspiration of women who are finding exciting, imaginative ways to put their lives and ideas into words.


Saturday 18th June - WORKSHOPS 10:00 – 12: 00 | Writing for children with ADELE GERAS Is there a difference between writing for adults and writing for teenagers? If so, what is it? Are we doomed to a vampireridden and paranormal/romantic future or can other kinds of novels also become that holy grail of the publishing industry: ‘Crossover Fiction.’? Come and ask the questions you want to ask and maybe get a few tips and some practical help with achieving your ambitions. Adele Geras has published more than 90 books for children and young adults and four novels for adults. Her novel TROY (2000) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book Award and Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and her most recent young adult novel is DIDO . 2:00 – 4:00 | Writing for Crime Fiction: Crime Puzzles with EMILY WINSLOW Every mystery is at heart a kind of puzzle. Learn from puzzle designer and crime novelist Emily Winslow how to design a plot that surprises and satisfies. Emily Winslow’s first novel, The Whole World, came out in 2010, and is narrated by five characters affected by the disappearance of a student. Her upcoming novel from Random House is called The Start Of Everything. 2:00 – 4:00 | Writing a film script with LUCY SCHER This workshop offers a guide to analysing the strengths and weaknesses of a film idea. A story may seem to have a solid dramatic structure but what more does it need in order to justify its place on the big screen? Or a scenario might sound intriguing but is there enough substance in the idea to generate ninety minutes of compelling drama? Based on the process devised by The Script Factory to teach script readers how to assess screenplays, this intensive session aims to help writers evaluate objectively the feasibility of an idea, and provides useful approaches for developing the full dramatic potential of a screenplay. Lucy Scher is Director of The Script Factory which works with new and established writers in the UK and overseas. Sunday June 19th - WORKSHOPS 10:00 – 12:00 | Writing short stories with COLETTE PAUL This workshop will look at outlets for publication of short stories, before moving on to discuss the techniques of effective short fiction writing, relevant to both very short ‘flash fictions’ and stories of 5000 words plus. The emphasis will be on voice, character, place, and tips for editing your work from draft to finished piece. Colette Paul has published one collection of short stories, Whoever You Choose To Love, five of which were serialized on Radio 4. She won the Royal Society of Authors’ Short Story Prize, and was short-listed for the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Writers’ Awards. 10:00 – 12:00 | Writing Poetry: Old Beginnings and New Endings with JANE MONSON What triggers a poem? What ends one? In this workshop, through discussion, examples and exercises we will generate fresh ideas for old and new work, with a particular focus on first and last lines. Come prepared with a poem that you would like to re-write from a different perspective, views and examples of flat or punchy openings and closings, and pen and paper for drafts, tips and suggestions. Jane Monson has taught courses abroad and been writer-inresidence at various schools and festivals, most recently the Cambridge Film Festival. Jane enjoys collaborating with writers and artists as part of teaching Creative Writing in cinemas, colleges, bookshops and galleries. Her debut collection of prose poems is called Speaking Without Tongues.

2:00 – 4:00 | Writing a memoir with JOANNE LIMBURG In this workshop, we will use readings and exercises to explore the techniques writers can use to make their own experiences compelling to the reader. Joanne Limburg is a writer and poet, based in Cambridge. Her books include two collections of poetry and a memoir, The Woman Who Thought Too Much. She has taught creative writing for the Open University and recently spent two years as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Magdalene College. 2:00 – 4:00 | Writing and selling TV drama with JOANNA STREVENS Jo will be leading a workshop and an open discussion on knowing the business and how to tackle the challenges that face new writers entering the industry. Television Drama is a writer-led business that craves fresh talent and great new voices and ideas, but it’s often a daunting process to know where to start… and how to make that BIG IDEA as commissionable as possible in a highly competitive market-place. We’ll be discussing what those hurdles are and how to develop the story that you know needs to be told… please feel free to come armed with examples! Joanna Strevens is Script Executive at Hat Trick Productions, where she is across the company's drama output and new development. Friday 24th June 6:00 ‘til late | Literary dinner with SANDI TOKSVIG 6:00 – 7:00 | Join us for a sparkling start to the evening with drinks, followed by dinner Sandi graduated from Cambridge and, after taking part in Footlights, has gone on to be one of this country’s favourite performers. She has appeared in numerous plays in the theatre and on television. She is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz. She is an excellent after dinner speaker, so do come and join us for an evening of good talk and good food.

2:00 – 3:30 |The Trouble With Girls ALLISON PEARSON and NATASHA WALTER Bestselling novelist Allison Pearson, author of I Think I Love You and I Don't Know How She Does It, and Natasha Walter, author of The New Feminism and Living Dolls, discuss love, feminism, motherhood and the pressures on young girls today... A Cambridge resident, Allison Pearson wrote THE social comedy on working motherhood, I Don’t Know How She Does It which sold over 3.5 million copies in 32 languages. Her latest novel, I Think I Love You, is about a teenager's obsessive crush on the 1970s pop star and pin-up, David Cassidy, for which she is currently writing the musical. Natasha Walter is one of the UK's leading feminists. She is the author of New Feminism (1998) and The Living Dolls - The Return of Sexism (2010). Natasha is a regular broadcaster and newspaper contributor and she is the co-founder, with Sarah Cutler, of Women for Refugee Women. 4:00 – 5:30 | DOROTHY ROWE interviewed by SOPHIE HANNAH Dorothy Rowe is a world-renowned psychologist and writer. She has published books about depression, friendship and enmity, success, happiness, ageing and the nature of life and death. Her latest book, Why We Lie, examines our tendency to harm ourselves by refusing to face difficult truths about our lives. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Dorothy talk about her brilliant and important work. 6:00 – 7:30 | Beyond the Bursting Bodice: Considering women in historical fiction How did people understand sexuality in the past, and can their conceptions resonate with modern readers? Are the historical sources against us when we go looking for real women of the past? Do separate male and female spheres constitute a blessing or a curse for the historical novelist?

Sunday 26th June 10:00 – 11:00 | You don’t quite seem yourself JILL PATON-WALSH and MARTYN WAITES in discussion Jill Paton-Walsh has written several novels featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, the late Dorothy Sayers' detective hero. Martyn Waites, as well as writing thrillers under his own name, has published two serial killer novels under the name Tania Carver. What challenges does a writer face who is writing with someone else's characters, or with an opposite-sex authorial identity? And what other ways are there of writing not entirely as oneself? Join Martyn and Jill as they discuss these and related issues with crime writer and poet Sophie Hannah. 11:15 – 12:30 | ELAINE SHOWALTER Elaine Showalter, renowned critic and journalist, is the author of the pioneering A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists From Brontë To Lessing (1977), the controversial Hystories: Historical Epidemics and Modern Culture (1997) and most recently A Jury Of Her Peers (2009), a survey of American women’s writing from the beginning to the end of the 20th century. Elaine will be in conversation with Janet Todd about her life in feminism in the UK and the US and about women writers and the need for self-promotion. 12:45 – 1:30 | P.D. JAMES: Celebrating P. D. James, a life in crime Little need be said about the redoubtable P. D. James. She is the author of 20 books, most of which have been filmed or broadcast. She has received numerous awards for her detective fiction including Diamond Dagger from British Crime Writers' Association, 1987; Grand Master Award from Mystery Writers of America, 1999; and International Crime Writing Hall of Fame, 2008. She became a Life Peer in 1991. Join us for a celebration of a wonderful and extraordinary life and its rich achievements. 1:30 – 2:00 | BUFFET LUNCH with P. D. JAMES (Book early for this one!). 2:00 - 2:20 | P. D. JAMES book signing.

Saturday 25th June 10:00 – 11:00 | In Search of the female brain MELISSA HINES Professor Melissa Hines is a psychologist and neuroscientist who specialises in human gender development. She will be asking whether there really are differences in the brains of men and women – and, if so, what these differences are.

These and other questions have intrigued, engaged, and sometimes perplexed MARIA MCCANN, ROSE MELIKAN, AND EMMA DARWIN, historical novelists who between them write adventure stories and literary and crossover fiction. They use settings as diverse as Medieval London, Restoration Somerset and Revolutionary Paris. Here they join forces to discuss and debate issues of gender and sexuality as displayed in their own work.

11:30 – 1:00 | Crime Panel with JOHN SUTHERLAND, MARIA REJT and MICHAEL RIDPATH. Chaired by N. J. COOPER By popular demand, the crime panel is back this year. We all know that crime fiction sells by the bucket-load, but is it the equal of literary fiction in every sense, or do the limitations of the genre necessarily mean that a crime novel is unlikely to be a great novel? Natasha Cooper, ex-chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and author of Willow King and The Trish Maguire novels, will chair an illustrious group of speakers including John Sutherland, Emeritus Professor of English at UCL, Maria Rejt, Publishing Director at Pan Macmillan, and Michael Ridpath, thriller writer and creator of an Icelandic detective in Where The Shadows Lie. Strong views welcomed from the audience.

Book online at: www.adcticketing.com 01223 300 085 (box office)

1:00 – 2:00 | BUFFET LUNCH Lucy Cavendish College.

BOOKING: To book full festival, full Saturday or full Sunday tickets online please highlight all the events that day and the discount will be applied. Otherwise call the box office and they will be able to help you.

8:00- 9:15 | Buffet Supper with WENDY COPE Wendy Cope is one of the UK's best loved and best-selling poets. Come along and hear her read from her latest collection, Family Values, and talk about her work. If you're lucky, she might read some of your old favourites from her previous three collections as well!

2:30 – 3:30 | Why don’t men read books by women? With NICOLA BEAUMAN, SIMON SAVIDGE and MICHELENE WANDOR Chaired by ANNA DAVIS It is a truth universally acknowledged that, while women are equally happy to read books by authors of either sex, men overwhelmingly tend to read books by men. Why is this, and does it matter? Come along and join in the debate. 4:00 – 5:30 | JANE SHAW discussing her latest book Octavia; Daughter Of God will be introduced by Janet Soskice, Professor of Philosophical Theology, University of Cambridge. Jane Shaw will be discussing her new book, Octavia; Daughter Of God: the Story of a Female Messiah and her Followers, published this June by Jonathan Cape. She will talk about her discovery (in 2001) of an extraordinary English millenarian community that set out to build the New Jerusalem in Bedford in the 1920s and 30s. The community had its own female messiah, Octavia, and followed a strict religious regime - which followers believed would enable them to live forever in their own Bedford paradise, accompanied by Jesus when he came again.


Women's Word 2011 Literary Festival programme