Goodings, Lovegrove and Eddo-Lodge win WOW awards

Goodings, Lovegrove and Eddo-Lodge win WOW awards

Author Reni Eddo-Lodge and former Virago publisher Lennie Goodings are among the winners of Southbank Centre’s Women in Creative Industries Awards. 

The award winners were revealed at a ceremony at the London arts centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday (7th March). Set up in 2016 by Jude Kelly CBE, artistic director at Southbank Centre and founder of Women of the World​ (WOW), the Women in Creative Industries Awards recognise significant achievements made by women in the arts, tech, music, film, games, media, fashion and advertising, and celebrate the women and men progressing equality in the arts and creative industries.

Author and journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge won the Bold Moves Award for for her debut book, Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race (Bloomsbury), which is nominated for The British Book Awards' Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year. The judges called it "a nuanced and balanced conversation around race, which shifted the discourse towards the voices of people of colour". The award is for a woman who has taken "daring, bold and ambitious actions, either personally or in their work, which have positively impacted creative form and forged new ways of working".

Sharmaine Lovegrove left and Lennie Goodings

Goodings, meanwhile, took home one of three Lifetime Achievement Awards "for living out the definition of the name of the publishing company she founded - Virago (a heroic, war-like woman)" and "championing women writers’ voices around the world".

Sharmaine Lovegrove, who started Little, Brown's new imprint Dialogue Books, was shortlisted in the Inspiring Change Award category that "recognises the actions of women who have been instrumental in effecting positive social change and who have given a platform to important stories and unheard voices through their work". The award was won by Cilla Baynes, founder of Community Arts North West, for her development of the Exodus Greater Manchester Refugee Arts Programme.

Awards judges included Nikesh Shukla, author and editor of The Good Immigrant and arts editor and critic Sarah Crompton as well as Tate director Maria Balshaw CBE, Anne-Marie Curtis, editor-in-chief of ELLE Magazine, and Martin Green, c.e.o. and director Hull City of Culture 2017, among others. 

The eighth WOW Women of the World festival, boasting a programme of more than 200 talks and debates, concerts, performances and workshops, launched at the awards on Wednesday, 7th March. It continues until 11th March.