Women’s Prize LIVE

The ultimate day festival for booklovers and storytellers, brought to you by the Women’s Prize Trust.

For the first time, we are offering a day pass to an incredible line-up of events, including your favourite authors in conversation, inspiring talks, book clubs led by special guests, and workshops to spark your creativity.

Joining us on the 13th June 2023 to share their love of books are phenomenal speakers including Anita Anand, Naomi Alderman, Ravinder Bhogal, Elizabeth Gilbert, Vick Hope, Nadiya Hussain, Louise Minchin, Kate Mosse, Alex Scott, Elif Shafak, and the six authors shortlisted for the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction – with more names and the full programme to be revealed!

Plus there will be a host of activities to get involved in throughout the day: get creative at drop-in workshops run by female makers, book a slot at 1-2-1 expert coaching sessions, meet your favourite authors at book-signing stations – and bask in the beautiful gardens with fellow booklovers and writers, all while enjoying delicious food and drink from our bars.

Round up your friends, book the day off, and start looking forward to an unforgettable day out in London this summer!


  •  Access to the beautiful gated gardens in Bloomsbury, steeped in London’s literary past, from 12pm–9pm
  •  Entry to the main programme of Women’s Prize LIVE events, including live Bookshelfie podcast recordings, panel discussions, book club and the evening Shortlist Readings. The writing workshops require the purchase of an additional ticket. 
  • A goody bag to take home filled with bookish treats
  •  Meet the speakers at the Waterstones bookshop and signing station
  • Get involved in drop-in creative workshops with female makers 
  • The opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow booklovers and writers
  • Access to the Women’s Prize gift shop and pop-up bars with delicious food and drink provided by Jikoni

The full line-up and event details will be unveiled in the coming months – follow us @WomensPrize and sign up to our newsletter here to be the first to hear about Women’s Prize LIVE news and line-up announcements. Please note that standalone tickets for the evening WPF Shortlist Readings will be available to purchase separately and will be released in the coming months – all other events require the purchase of a day pass. 


Day pass: £95

Day pass concession (students, 65+): £70 

A limited number of free tickets are available for individuals facing barriers to attending events. Apply via our partner The London Ticket Bank here.

Head on over to our events section to find out more about Women’s Prize LIVE and keep up-to-date with the other events we have coming soon!

Full programme of events:

12 – 1pm: Women’s Prize Bookshelfie Podcast with Nadiya Hussain and Vick Hope (Woolf tent)

12.30 – 2pm: Mistressclass with Cathy Rentzenbrink (Ticket add-on required) (Morrison tent)

1 – 2pm: TBR: Non-fiction must-reads: Anita Anand, Suzannah Lipscomb and more, chaired by Kate Mosse (Brontë tent)

1 – 2pm: Women’s Prize Bookshelfie Podcast with Alex Scott and Vick Hope (Woolf tent)

2.20 – 3.20pm: How to Own the Room: Unlocking Confidence with Viv Groskop (Brontë tent)

3 – 4.30pm: Mistressclass with Kate Mosse & Elif Shafak (Ticket add-on: SOLD OUT) (Morrison tent)

3 – 4pm: The Power Book Club with Naomi Alderman. Chaired by Irenosen Okojie and in conversation with Sam Baker and Sally Lau. (Woolf tent)

3.40 – 4.20pm: Comfort and Joy: Ravinder Bhogal in conversation with Anita Anand (Morrison tent)

4.40 – 5.40pm: Good Housekeeping x Hodder New Voices: Kaliane Bradley, Vanessa Chan and Jessica George, chaired by Joanne Finney (Brontë tent)

5 – 6pm: Bookshelfie x Changes Podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert and Annie Macmanus (Woolf tent)

7 – 8.30pm: Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist Readings with Louise Minchin, featuring Jacqueline Crooks, Louise Kennedy, Barbara Kingsolver, Priscilla Morris, Maggie O’Farrell and Laline Paull (Woolf tent)

Each event will be followed by a book signing at the Waterstones tent. (please note: Barbara Kingsolver will not be signing due to a medical condition).

Due to unforeseen circumstances Anita Rani will no longer be able to speak at the Women’s Prize LIVE day festival. Ravinder Bhogal will now be in conversation with journalist and author Anita Anand.


With thanks to our sponsors Baileys and Audible, and partners Good Housekeeping, Jikoni, Waterstones and The London Ticket Bank.

The Women's Prize Podcast

Tune into host Vick Hope and a line-up of incredible guests on our weekly podcast full of unmissable book recommendations.