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Join us at our Virtual Shortlist Festival this week

Full Line-up Announced!

Three fantastic evenings celebrating the six novels and authors shortlisted for this year’s Women’s Prize. Featuring Oscar-worthy performances from celebrated actors reading from each book and candid conversations with the authors, this is your chance to gather with booklovers from all over the world and join the ultimate celebration of women’s writing – all from the comfort of home!

Gillian Anderson, fresh from series three of Sex Education and appearing in The Crown. Gillian will be reading from Meg Mason’s Sorrow and Bliss.

Jason Isaacs, the wonderfully wicked Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series and also having just appeared in series three of Sex Education, will read from Ruth Ozeki’s The Book of Form and Emptiness.

Louise Brealey, the love-struck Molly Hooper in Sherlock, and Sarah Hargreaves in Exile, will be reading Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead.

Naomie Harris, fresh from appearing in Marvel’s Venom and as the recurring Miss Moneypenny in James Bond, Naomie will be reading from Lisa Allen-Agostini’s The Bread the Devil Knead. 

Alex Kingston, who has played everyone from a Doctor in ER, to a companion to a different sort of Doctor (Who!), will be reading from Elif Shafak’s The Island of Missing Trees.

Irene Bedard, the voice of Disney’s 1995 film Pocahontas, and the acting talent behind the cult-classic Smoke Signals will be reading Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence.

Don’t delay, grab your tickets today and be prepared for three evenings of literary entertainment!

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