2023 Shortlist Readings

Event details

Tuesday 13th Jun 2023

Bedford Square Gardens, London

Join us to celebrate this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist in style in London’s beautiful Bedford Square Gardens.

On the eve of the winner announcement, the six shortlisted authors will be taking to the stage in conversation with Chair of Judges, Louise Minchin. With a rare opportunity to listen to live readings from the books that dazzled our judges, candid insights from the authors, and an audience Q&A, this is an event not to be missed! The evening will be hosted by Women’s Prize Founder Director and bestselling author Kate Mosse.

Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks

Trespasses  by Louise Kennedy

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver

Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

Pod  by Laline Paull

Gates to the garden open at 6pm. The event will be followed by a book signing with the authors at our Waterstones pop-up (please note: Barbara Kingsolver will not be signing due to a medical condition)..

Are you free during the day on Tuesday 13 June? Why not join us for a wonderfully bookish day out at Women’s Prize LIVE? For the first time we are offering booklovers a day pass, granting access to a host of amazing events, including entry to Shortlist Readings. Find out more about Women’s Prize LIVE and the phenomenal line-up of speakers here.


Louise Minchin is a journalist, broadcaster and writer. She was a presenter on BBC Breakfast for 20 years and was the main news anchor on the BBC News Channel and the BBC’s One O’clock News. She has also presented The One Show, Five Live Drive, Real Rescues and Missing Live and has been a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Time Crashers and Celebrity MasterChef. She is also a writer. Her first book, Dare to Tri, charted her journey from the Breakfast sofa to representing the Great Britain Triathlon team in her age-group at World and European Championships. Her second book Fearless, which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2023, will also reflect her passion for celebrating women’s extraordinary stories. 

Kate Mosse is the author of nine novels & short story collections. Her books have been translated into 38 languages and published in more than 40 countries. She has also written three works of non-fiction, four plays, contributed essays and introductions to classic novels and collections. A champion of women’s creativity, Kate is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – the greatest annual celebration of women’s writing in the world – and sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World. She was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to literature and women and was named Woman of the Year for her service to the arts in the Everywoman Awards. She is a regular guest on books and art shows on radio and television.

The Women’s Prize Trust’s mission is to change the world through books by women, opening up pathways into reading and writing for the storytellers and booklovers of tomorrow. When booking your Women’s Prize Shortlist Readings ticket, you’ll be invited to add a £5, £10 or £20 donation to your ticket. Every donation contributes towards our work with underrepresented writers and readers from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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