Women’s Prize LIVE: How to Read and Write for Happiness

Event details

Tuesday 4th Aug 2020

Instagram Live @Womensprize

Join us to hear 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction Judge Viv Groskop discuss how reading and writing for pleasure can improve your life, interviewed by YOU magazine Editor Jo Elvin.

With her trademark insight and wit, Viv will share how books can bring you contentment and joy; how reading can make us more empathetic and increase our understanding of others’ perspectives; how writing can help to process traumatic events or difficult emotions, and how self-expression can empower us with confidence and encourage us to raise our voice and own our narratives as women.

Drawing on her background in writing and performing as a stand-up comedian, executive coach, author and podcaster, as well as her recent experience of reading 75 books as a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Viv will explore how we can read and write our way to happiness.

About Our Guests:

Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian and TV and radio presenter. She is the host of the chart-topping podcast HOW TO OWN THE ROOM, featuring women like Hillary Clinton, Margaret Atwood, Sandi Toksvig and Meera Syal talking about power, performance and public speaking. She has hosted book tours for Graham Norton and Jo Brand, is the veteran of four Edinburgh Fringe shows. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, Front Row and Saturday Review and appears regularly on TV. As an executive coach, she works with women across business, media and advertising, helping them to hone their authority, presence and leadership. To sign up for Viv’s free weekly newsletter, including reading recommendations, culture highlights and tips on creativity, writing and mindset, subscribe here: https://howtoowntheroom.com

Jo Elvin is a multi award-winning editor who has launched some of Britain’s most successful magazines. She is most well known as the editor in chief of Glamour, a title she launched in 2001 that rapidly became the biggest-selling women’s magazine in the UK and Europe. Jo also launched two major franchises for Glamour – 1. The internationally-renowned Glamour Women of the Year Awards, which in its 14 years, attracted every A-list you can think of to its London stage and enjoyed such moments as cementing Amy Schumer’s fame with her hilarious acceptance speech that went viral. 2. Jo also created the Glamour Beauty Festival – the world’s first ‘beauty theme park’, in a successful venture that has been rolled out to three other countries.

She is a regular on our TV screens, having been a presenter for celebrity interviews and fashion commentary for This Morning and Lorraine. Her writing has been published widely, including in The Daily Mail, The Observer, The Evening Standard and The Independent. She is also the host of the hit podcast, Is It Just Me, where Jo and her co-host James Williams, together with a celebrity guest, pick over the hilarious social hang-ups we all have. Guests have included Dawn French, Luke Evans, Frankie Bridge and Graham Norton to name a few. The podcast has had over 1million downloads to date and regularly tops the itunes Arts chart.

Jo recently took the helm as the editor in chief of YOU magazine, the glossy magazine from the Mail on Sunday. With a readership of 2million a week, it is the most-read women’s magazine in the country.

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This event is free but to learn more about the Women’s Prize Trust and how you can support the charity, click here


With thanks to Arts Council England for its support for this event.




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