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Join us for our Virtual Shortlist Festival!

Photo of the Women's Prize Shortlisted books for a virtual literary event

Join us for exclusive interviews and the chance to ask your favourite shortlisted authors live questions, plus shortlist readings from actors Jade Anouka, Zawe Ashton, Hayley Atwell, Jordan Stephens, Ruth Negga + Juliet Stevenson

We’ll be showcasing two authors per night on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th June. Each event will feature well-known actors reading extracts from the shortlisted books. You will also have the opportunity to ask the authors questions in live Q&A sessions each night, chaired by Kate Mosse, Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and bestselling novelist.

Buy your festival pass now for just £12 >

Your £12 pass will buy you access to all three events in the series:

(Each event will be made available to watch on demand the following day, so if you can’t make every night live, you can still attend!)

Monday 14th June 2021, 7.30pm BST: Brit Bennett + Susanna Clarke, chaired by Kate Mosse, featuring readings from actors Ruth Negga + Jordan Stephens

Tuesday 15th June 2021, 7.30pm BST: Yaa Gyasi + Claire Fuller, chaired by Kate Mosse, featuring readings from actors Zawe Ashton + Juliet Stevenson

Wednesday 16th June, 7.30pm BST: Patricia Lockwood + Cherie Jones, chaired by Kate Mosse, featuring readings from actors Hayley Atwell + Jade Anouka

You can buy a £12 ticket pass for all three events, and you can add a copy of our Women’s Prize Journal, which celebrates 25 years of the Prize, to your purchase.

You can also buy a ticket along with a copy of a 2021 shortlisted book, courtesy of our partners Waterstones.

You are invited to make a donation to the Women’s Prize Trust, to support our work championing the very best writing by women for everyone.

Buy your ticket now >

*Once you have bought a ticket, on each day of the programme you will receive an automatic Eventbrite email containing a new Zoom link allowing you to access that night’s event.

Photo of the Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted authors to promote the Virtual Shortlist Festival literary event

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