5 speakers 15 minutes each

Tue 31st Jul 2018

5x15 @ The AllBright Club

Secret histories of women writers

The AllBright Club - 18:30

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The AllBright Club

The AllBright Club

AllBright is the network for working women in the UK. Founded in 2016 by Debbie Wosskow OBE (Founder of LoveHomeSwap) and Anna Jones (Former CEO of Hearst), AllBright supports women at all stages of their careers, with a particular focus on skills, start-ups, and space. The AllBright Academy leverages an immersive, digital, cohort-driven curriculum, an outstanding faculty of experts, and diverse and flexible course offerings to help female founders and aspiring founders build and grow their businesses. The AllBright Fund promotes the most-promising and innovative female entrepreneurs in Britain, connecting them with a community of angels and investors. And The AllBright, the UK's first of-its-kind members' club for working women, opened in March 2018 - providing a unique environment for women to connect, create, and collaborate. Together, these pillars create a broad and inclusive ecosystem that enables women to thrive. Underpinned by a robust, year-long programme of high-profile events, and an engaged and active community, AllBright is making the UK the best place in the world to be a working woman.

Emma Claire Sweeney

Emma Claire Sweeney

Emma Claire Sweeney has won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish.
Emma publishes arts features and pieces on disability for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, Mslexia and The Times, and co-runs SomethingRhymed.com – a website on female literary friendship.

She currently teaches creative writing at New York University, and has previously worked for Cambridge, City University’s Novel Studio and the OU. She is a fellow of Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory in Armenia and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in the USA, and has also held writing residencies at Camden Carers, Eastside Educational Trust, Circle of Misse and Sunnyside Rural Trust – which resulted in the publication of The Memoir Garden: a collection of poems from the words and experiences of adults with learning disabilities.
Her debut novel, Owl Song at Dawn, which was inspired by her sister who has cerebral palsy and autism, was published by Legend Press in 2016.

A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, which she is co-writing with her own friend, Emily Midorikawa, has come out in 2017 with Aurum Press in the UK and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the USA.

Emily Midorikawa

Emily Midorikawa

Emily Midorikawa is the author of A Secret Sisterhood: the Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontё, Eliot and Woolf, co-written with Emma Claire Sweeney and with a foreword by Margaret Atwood. It is published by Aurum Press in the UK and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the USA. Emma and Emily also run the website Something Rhymed, which celebrates female literary friendship.

Emily’s journalism has appeared in, among others, the Daily Telegraph, the Paris Review, The Times and the Washington Post. She was the winner of the 2015 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize.

Nicola Streeten

Nicola Streeten

Nicola Streeten is anthropologist-turned-illustrator and author of award winning graphic memoir, Billy, Me & You (2011 Myriad Editions). She co-founded the international forum Laydeez do Comics in 2009 which this year launched the first women-only prize for graphic novels in progress at their inaugural festival with support from Arts Council England.

Nicola has a PhD on the History of Feminist Cartoons and Comics in Britain from 1970 to 2010. This informed the newly published The Inking Woman 250 years of women cartoons in Britain (2018 Myriad Editions) which she co-edited. She is currently in receipt of an International Artist’s Development Fund Award to develop “Expectations” a collaborative project, with Kokaachi Studio in Kerala, India.

Cath Tate

Cath Tate

Cath Tate set up Cath Tate Cards in the early 1980s initially to produce political (anti-Thatcher) and feminist postcards to alternative bookshops and other outlets. Over the past 35 years the business has expanded and now sells humorous greetings cards to a wide range of shops across Britain and worldwide.

It was during the 1990s while publishing cards showing the work of feminist cartoonists of the time, that Cath Tate first had the idea of curating an exhibition and producing a book showcasing the wide range of work that has been produced by women cartoonists. It was another 27 years before Cath Tate Cards could sponsor such a venture and in 2017 the exhibition The Inking Woman opened at the Cartoon Gallery in London and 2018 when the book of the same name was published.