02 March 2011

Top women authors coming to Brixton Library

Five top-selling women writers will be coming to Brixton Library on Friday 11 March for a special event to  mark International Women’s Day.
Photo of Brixton Library on Vassall View
Organised by Lambeth Council’s Library service, the event, called All About the Girl, features some of the UK’s best known authors.

Orange Prize winner Monica Ali will join Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell, Stella Duffy and Rebecca Chance for an evening of book readings and fun.

Stella Duffy, who lives in Lambeth and recently led events to protest at the possble closure of the Minet Library in Vassall Ward, said the group had not decided the exact format for the event, but is certain it will be an enjoyable night. She said: “We don’t know exactly what we will be doing because we haven’t got together to discuss it yet. But we all know each other and are good friends so we’ll be able to sort things out before."

She continued "I expect it will be readings, us talking and a Q+A session – along with some cake and wine. I think the great thing about it is there is such a diverse range of writers. Normally you would have three that are very similar, but Lambeth has managed to get a really wide range of writers.”

Stella added “There is a perception that women write about the domestic and men write about the universal. Someone like Sophie Kinsella is a mega-selling author, but she never gets reviewed in the papers.”

This event is just one of a range of exciting and entertaining events in Lambeth Libraries throughout March. To see what’s going on in Lambeth's libraries go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/libraries

Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, said: “This is a fantastic line up of five of the best and most exciting female writers around, and it’s a great coup for the borough. It promises to be a really great evening and a fun and informative way of marking International Women’s Day. There’s always lots going on in Lambeth libraries so if you have never been to an event before then
why not start this month?”

All About the Girl takes place on Friday 11 March 2011 at 7pm in Brixton Library, featuring Monica Ali, Sophie Kinsella, Stella Duffy, Lisa Jewell and Rebecca Chance. Booking for this event is essential - contact Marie Ayoola on 020 7926 1075 or email mayoola@lambeth.gov.uk for tickets