Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018 at the Baileys Book Bar

Following the sell-out success of our 2016 and 2017 pop-ups, we’re thrilled to announce that the Women’s Prize for Fiction @ Baileys Book Bar is back for another week of brilliant events.

Opening its doors for five exciting days from April 23rd at Waterstones Gower Street, the Book Bar will host a series of events dedicated to celebrating the best writing by women and the six novels on the 2018 Women’s Prize shortlist (which will be announced on April 23rd).

The Baileys Book Bar will this year be based at Waterstones Gower Street, London, where the dedicated basement social space will be transformed into a literary haven, celebrating women’s voices and combining the love of reading with the pleasure of a Baileys!

Novelist and Women’s Prize for Fiction Founder Director, Kate Mosse, said: “The Women’s Prize for Fiction is all about bringing readers and writers together, about building new audiences for outstanding fiction, about a passion for brilliant and exceptional storytelling.  In 2018, now more than ever, it is important not only to champion and honour women’s voices, but also to celebrate the incredible range and diversity of women’s creativity from all over the world.”

At lunchtimes, actors Tori Allen-Martin and James Rastall are back to bring each of the six shortlisted novels to life with exclusive readings. In the evenings, the bar will come to life with brilliant book events featuring some of the UK’s most inspirational women and bestselling novelists.

This year’s pop-up Book Bar will also be a showcase for The Baileys Treat Collective – a team of inspiring food and drink experts working with Baileys to create playful, eccentric and over-the-top Baileys-inspired treats. 

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Join us! Explore the inspiring events schedule below:

Tuesday 24th April at 6.30pm: Women, Power & Revolution

This event will see an exceptional panel of inspiring women hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse – including author and Co-Founder of the Women’s Equality Party, and 2018 WPFF judge, Catherine Mayer, broadcaster, writer and campaigner, June Sarpong and bestselling author Kit de Waal –  discuss the topic of women, power and revolution and what revolution means to them today.

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Wednesday 25th April at 1-2pm: Lunchtime Readings

Exclusive readings from each of the 2018 shortlisted novels performed by actors Tori Allen-Martin and James Rastall and hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse– the perfect escape for your lunch hour!

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Wednesday 25th April at 6.30pm: Delicious Baileys Cocktail Masterclass

The Baileys Treat Collective coffee expert, Celeste Wong (@the_ girl_in_the_cafe), will also be hosting an evening workshop in The Book Bar. As one of London’s top baristas, Celeste is the perfect person to show you how to create deliciously indulgent coffee and Baileys cocktails to impress your friends at home.

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Thursday 26th April at 1-2pm: Lunchtime Shortlist Readings

Exclusive readings from each of the 2018 shortlisted novels performed by actors Tori Allen-Martin and James Rastall and hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse– the perfect escape for your lunch hour!

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Thursday 26th April at 6.30pm: Celebrating Emily Bronte @ 200

Celebrating Emily Bronte @ 200, a panel of Bronte enthusiasts hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse – including Lily Cole, Juno Dawson, Louise Doughty and Dorothy Koomson – talk about their love of Emily Bronte’s only novel Wuthering Heights and why the Bronte sisters continue to exert such a powerful influence on writing today. The evening will also offer an exclusive preview of the new anthology, I Am Heathcliff – containing sixteen original short stories inspired by Wuthering Heights – published by The Borough Press in July 2018.

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Friday 27th April at 6.30pm: Queens of Comedy

Celebrate the best of female comedy with an evening paying homage to witty writing, hosted by bestselling author Kate Mosse. Join some of the UK’s top female comedians and writers including writer, comedian and 2018 WPFF judge Katy Brand, bestselling author Jenny Colgan and journalist, writer and comedian, Viv Groskop for this special Friday finale event guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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