A new six-part podcast series for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, produced by prize sponsor Fremantle, launches today (Friday 10th May).
Presented by Vice editor Zing Tsjeng and available via Acast, the podcast features interviews with the authors featured on this year’s shortlist, as well as readings and “thought-provoking” discussions. The first episode, “Thinking Pink”, explores what feminism means to millennials, with writers Dolly Alderton (Everything I know about Love, Penguin) and Scarlett Curtis (Feminist Don’t Wear Pink, also Penguin) and Clarissa Pabi, Acast UK content manager.
Upcoming episodes, released weekly, will include “Women Mean Business”, featuring speakers including Tick & Blippar co-founder Jess Butcher and tech entrepreneur Sharmadan Reid; while novelists Linda Grant and Joanna Trollope will contribute to “Women Writers Revisited”, exploring the overlooked female writers who have inspired them.
Prize founder director Kate Mosse said: “Excellence, imagination, originality, the WPFF is all about honouring and celebrating inspirational women’s voices and writing from all over the world. Our new podcast series – featuring exceptional brilliant women from the worlds of creativity, business, writing, technology, research and leadership – is a wonderful way for the Prize to communicate and engage even more widely with audiences.”
The £30,000 Women’s Prize will be awarded on Wednesday 5th June, with Anna Burns, Tayari Jones, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Diana Evans, Pat Barker and Madeline Miller all shortlisted.