Category Archives: Feminism

What A Difference A Year Makes

Today I made my one appearance at this year’s Bristol Festival of Literature. It went very well. We were sold out (though it looked like around a third of the paid attendees didn’t turn up), and we had a great … Continue reading

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Perfectly Dysfunctional

The inability of the British government to handle the Brexit process is providing plenty of ammunition for satirical cartoonists around Europe, but Brexit is by no means the only sign of dysfunction with the Tory party. On Wednesday night Theresa … Continue reading

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Bath Does Diversity in Tech

I spent most of today in Bath attending part of the Bath Digital Festival. Primarily I was there to attend a session on Diversity in Tech. It was run by the folks behind the Tech Talent Charter, an industry initiative … Continue reading

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Bristol Festival of Literature, 2017

We are only a few days away now. Those of you in or near Bristol can find a full list of events here. I won’t be at BristolCon this year as I’ll be in Italy at an academic conference, but … Continue reading

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Writing to Empower

This week is Diversity Week at Bath Spa University. There are lots of good events happening, and today I went along to a creative writing workshop on “Writing to Empower”. The tutor was Tanvir Bush who, in addition to being … Continue reading

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Not Quite Me

For the past couple of days my female friends, including many trans women, have been posting about the sexual harassment that they have been subjected to. Some of you may have spotted that I haven’t done such a post. That’s … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman – The Extras

The Blu Ray disc of Wonder Woman promises more than 2 hours of bonus content. That’s small by Lord of the Rings standards, but quite impressive otherwise. So what do you get in all that? To start with there is … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Appearances

Here are a few places where you will be able to find me in the coming weeks. First up we have BristolCon Fringe on Monday, featuring the legendary Anna Smith-Spark, owner of the deadliest shoes in the writing business, and … Continue reading

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August Fringe – G.V. Anderson & Lucy Hounsom

For the August Fringe meeting we were delighted to welcome G.V. (Gemma) Anderson whose first professional sale, “Das Steingeschöpf”, is a finalist for the World Fantasy Awards. Naturally we are all very proud of her. Because she had an early … Continue reading

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Buy My Book, Please

The very fabulous Gender Identity and Sexuality in Fantasy and Science Fiction was published today. Copies are available from Luna Press in the dealers’ room, or through the usual outlets. If you can’t stomach the thought of another essay on … Continue reading

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BristolCon Fringe – July Readings

Our July event began with our good friend, Justin Newland. He gave us excerpts from two separate works. The first excerpt was from his published novel, The Genes of Isis. This is from a section later in the book where … Continue reading

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Sinisalo Wins Prometheus Award

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the results of their annual awards. The full results are here, but the one I want to talk about is the Prometheus which is for Best Novel. It was won by The Core of … Continue reading

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WEP Trans Policy

Yesterday there was a bit of a kerfuffle about a particularly nasty trans-hating blog post. I’m not going to dignify it with additional traffic, but here are some choice examples: They rapidly take on the prettiness of femininity – the … Continue reading

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Feminist SF Book Launch in Bristol

By Thursday evening, assuming all goes well, I will be in Dortmund. However, the lucky Bristol people can go to the launch of a new YA science fiction book at Waterstones. Virginia Bergin’s Who Runs the World? is one of … Continue reading

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Monthly Hugs Launch Party

There are plenty of things I could be doing in Bristol this evening, and an Amanda Palmer concert in London, but instead I will be packing to go to Eurocon. One of the things I am not attending is the … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – Dinosaurs, Afrofuturism, Psychology & Feminism

It was radio day again today. I think I had a great bunch of guests on Women’s Outlook. Hopefully you do too. We began with DB Redfern from the Bristol Museums Service telling us all about the fabulous new dinosaur … Continue reading

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Mother of Invention

Nope, this is nothing to do with Frank Zappa. It is an anthology from Twelfth Planet which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The theme is that it will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation … Continue reading

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Festival of Ideas Does Feminism

On Thursday evening I attended two feminist-themed events at the Watershed in Bristol. Both of them were organized by the Bristol Festival of Ideas. First up was science journalist, Angela Saini, promoting her new book. Inferior, expansively subtitled, How Science … Continue reading

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Gendered Voices – Day 2

Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s what we got up to on the second day of the Gendered Voices conference. Session one was all about representation and began with Rosie talking about her research into coming out experiences. This is … Continue reading

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Can’t Do Everything

Being British, I feel very guilty whenever I say I can’t come to someone’s event because I am too busy. Practically, however, doing everything just isn’t possible. Today is a case in point. I would love to be at CN … Continue reading

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