The Women Writers Handbook 2020


By Ann Sandham

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A revised edition of the publisher's inaugural publication in 1990, which won the Pandora Award from Women-in-Publishing. Inspirational in its original format, this new edition features poems, stories, essays and interviews with 30 + women writers, both emerging authors and luminaries of contemporary literature such as:

– Choices: The Writing of Possession by A.S. Byatt

– Becoming a Writer by Saskia Calliste

– Jenny – a song by April de Angelis

– Interview with Kit de Waal

– Anne Hathaway by Carol Ann Duffy

– Let the World Burn through you by Sian Evans

– Early Women Writers by Philippa Gregory

– The Creative Process by Mary Hamer

– The Writing Life by Jackie Kay

– Screen Diversity by Shuchi Kothari

– Writing Plays by Bryony Lavery

– The Novelist as Wanderer by Annee Lawrence

– Interview with Roseanne Liang

– Mei Kwei, I love you by Suchen Christine Lim

– The Badminton Court by Jaki McCarrick

– Interview with Laura Miles

– The Motherload by Raman Mundair

– The Feminist Library by Magda Oldziejewska

– Fortune Favours The Brave... by Kaite O'Reilly

– Interview with Jacqueline Pepall

– The Art of Translation by Gabi Reigh

– Conditions of Amefricanity -Djamila Ribeiro

 – Inspiration: Where does it come from? by Fiona Rintoul

– Interview with Jasvinder Sanghera

– A Room of One's Own ...or Not? by Anne Sebba

– Being a Feminist Writer by Kalista Sy

– Mslexia by Debbie Taylor

– My Mother, Reading a Novel by Madeleine Thien

– Interview with Clare Tomalin

– Fortune by Ida Vitale, transl. Tanya Huntington

– Interview with Sarah Waters

– Virginia Woolf...100 years on by Emma Woolf

Includes the original writing workshops plus illustrations from contemporary and vintage illustrators. Guest editor Ann Sandham has compiled the new collection.


The Women Writers Handbook is a superb, powerful collection of writings from 30 women that are considered to be the emerging authors and luminaries of contemporary fiction, from Carol Ann Duffy to Kit De Waal. With its short chapters, background to who the author is and with 20% of all profits going towards the campaign for a full-sized statue of Virginia Woolf, the first in the UK, it is absolutely a book to buy, read and help to highlight the creativities of women, as well as inspiring other women to believe that they can also do it too. Not only is every piece of work that is included different, well written and informative but the way that the whole book is laid out with inspiring quotes but also beautiful illustrations from women. I loved the activities that can be found at the end of the book, writing workshop activities that could be used within a group in order to breakdown boundaries, to help overcome the fears and misgivings of individuals who would like to become writers, as well as activities to help create depth in characters. I think this inclusion of interactivity, as well as giving a feminist spin on fairy tales is a cleverly unique concept. ...its absolutely one to pick up and for a worthy cause too. —thereadingcloset
Knowledgeably compiled and deftly edited, 'The Women Writers Handbook'; by Ann Sandham (Commissioning Editor for Ladybird Children's Books at Penguin Random House) also features an informative Foreword by Cheryl Robson (the Aurora Metro Books...

The Women Writers Handbook 2020