Mary Beard’s “Women & Power “- A Conversation with Sabine Blackmore

In November 2017, Mary Beard’s book Women & Power. A Manifesto hit the shelves – and a nerve. In the two parts titled “The Public Voice of Women” and “Women in Power”, Mary Beard draws our attention to culturally embedded stereotypes and “cultural template[s] which [work] to disempower women”. She […] Read more

Nasty, Impressive, Moving, and Inspiring Women

On this year’s International Women’s Day, Sandra van Lente writes about the essay collection Nasty Women and the publishing house that produced it: the independent Scottish publisher 404ink, founded and run by Laura Jones and Heather McDaid. I would like to use this year’s International Women’s Day to draw your […] Read more

Writing in Migration – Berlin’s First African Literary Festival

With this short post Sandra van Lente would like to draw your attention to the literary agency InterKontinental and the festival its founders organise this April: “Writing in Migration”. Let me start with “Writing in Migration”. The festival celebrates African literature and takes place 26-28 April at the Babylon in […] Read more

British Council Literature Seminar in Berlin 2018 Writing Gender: Sexuality, Feminism and Masculinity 25 – 27 January

Same chair, same location, same organisers. Still – hot! Jessica Fischer enjoys the readings and discussions with authors from the UK at the British Council Literature Seminar and feels fortified by the liberating energy that this event generated in all its diversity. The British Council invited writers and readers, professionals […] Read more

Why all Men (and Women) Should Read This – Or, How to Avoid the Authenticity Trap, Holly McNish “Nobody Told Me” (Review)

Gesa Stedman was nearly overwhelmed by the quality of the poetry, the potential to move her readers, as well as the topic of Holly McNish`s award-winning poetry collection and memoir “Nobody Told Me”. All men should read this. Holly McNish’s poetry will teach them things nobody tells you in advance, […] Read more

Dead Ladies – Very Much Alive!

You can complain about the sad fact that women and their achievements are underrepresented in mainstream media as well as school and university curricula and public events – or you can do something about it and initiate change. A team of three committed Berliners chose the latter and created “The […] Read more