The Women's Prize for Fiction will host a day of events open to the public in September, featuring Bernardine Evaristo, Maggie O'Farrell and Kate Mosse.
Organisers will be opening up Bedford Square Garden in central London on 7th September, the day before the 2021 winner announcement. The first event will begin at 1 p.m. with the first live recording of the Women’s Prize podcast, followed by a ‘bookshelfie’ with Evaristo, discussing her five favourite books by women and how they have influenced her life and career, as well as a book signing.
Prize founder and director Kate Mosse will be pairing up with author O’Farrell at 3 p.m. to share writing advice in a creative writing workshop. The pair will discuss their writing journey before leading participants through some interactive writing exercises using The Women’s Prize for Fiction Journal. The session will close with a Q&A.
The evening concludes with the annual Women’s Prize shortlist readings at 7 p.m., hosted by Evaristo, with readings from 2021's shortlisted books. There will also be conversation with the authors, followed by a book signing. Ticketholders will receive a free miniature Baileys.
Waterstones is acting as a Women's Prize partner and will run a pop-up bookshop, where visitors can buy all of this year’s books. There will also be Women’s Prize Trust merchandise on sale at an on-site shop, with drinks from a pop-up bar. Tickets retail between £12 and £150 depending on the session and are available here.
The Women's Prize 2021 winner willl be announced at 7.15 p.m. on 8th September in Bedford Square.