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100 years after getting the Vote, 100 female writers share their story

We’ve come a long way in 100 years, but we could go further.

100 years after the first women in the UK could vote, this powerful collection of true stories features moving, comic and inspiring accounts by 100 female writers from around the country.

The book is the culmination of a huge undertaking. Between 6 February and 16 May 2018, 100 Voices crowd-sourced stories from female-identifying writers all over the UK. Award-winning novelists, theatre makers, short-story writers, bloggers and poets each contributed a short piece responding to the theme 'something I have achieved' on the 100 Voices For 100 Years podcast. The resulting collection, transcribed in this stunning book, is a treasure trove of thoughts on what it is like to be a woman in 2018.

From a seventeen-year-old learning to take a leap into on the unknown, to the 70-year-old who found a new career as a political campaigner, via the refugee learning British customs, the mother overcoming grief and the dance champion learning to deal with failure, the stories are as diverse as their authors. Funny, profound, everyday, life-changing, they are all inspiring.


Contributors include:
Bestselling author Louise Jensen; playwright Sabrina Mahfouz; Iranian poet Sogol Sur; Sunday Times' Sophie Haydock; Radio London DJ Sarah Burnett; disability campaigner Isabelle Clement; cofounder of The Whole Kahani writing collective Reshma Ruia; playwright and Dr Who actor Jessica Hayles; entrepreneur and CEO of the international Dating Awards Charly Lester; crime writer Emma Flint; Northern Writer of the Year Gaynor Jones; Scottish slam poet performer LA Traynor; and the founder of Ad Hoc Fiction publishers, Jude Higgins.

Miranda Roszkowski is a writer and civil servant currently living on a boat somewhere on Britain’s waterways. She has worked with the National Theatre Wales and Royal Court playwrighting programmes and has had fiction published in print and online, including through Birkbeck’s Mechanic’s Institute Review, which she has previously edited. She is the host and curator of the spoken word night There Goes The Neighbourhood in Hackney, London (“Clapton’s cosiest literary salon” - by popular opinion) and is currently working on her first novel. Most importantly, she is passionate about great stories and who gets to tell them.

If I say it out loud by Branwen Davies
If I say it out loud it has to happen right? That’s been my mistake in the past. Keeping it to myself. Allowing myself to just day dream. But if I say it out loud, I have to go through with it. Make it happen. I’m good at dawdling and skirting around and let’s face it, excuses. Nothing will change unless…well unless I change it and I’m running out of excuses. Maybe running out of time.
So I choose my most sceptical friend. The one I think will laugh the loudest and convince me that I’m going insane. I drag her out for a drink. Only she doesn’t laugh. She says go for it. So now not only have I said it out loud I have validation and encouragement too!
I’m stuck. Agitated. Biting at the bit. Needing to do something. Go somewhere. Anywhere. Hell I’m bored and even worse feeling boring. I need to shock my senses. Scare myself a little. Take a risk.
I’m in my favourite Japanese restaurant and over a bowl of steaming ramen I’m thinking – Japan!
A week later a letter arrives and I recognise sceptical friend’s scribble. A postcard and a cutting from a newspaper and I spit out my coffee and I’m like – What the fuuu - Do you want to live in Japan? Can you teach English? Be there by September!
Is this real? I mean, I’d pulled out September from mid air when I told her bold as brass after my third glass of wine that I was going to move to Japan and that I was going to be there in 9 months and…oh my god - this is my green light!!
There’s a small matter of an interview first but…I can pull that off right?
Everyone is in suits. Grey suits. I don’t own a suit. I’m in blue. Bright blue and purple. Purple with a splash of pink. Neon pink. And you know. Yellow shoes. With pink bows.
I’m sweating. Squirming. He’s frowning at me – the big boss guy, and he’s asking me, in front of everyone, like thirty of the suited ones – what possessed you – what possessed you to come to dressed like that?
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Hello everyone! 

I am totally thrilled to say that the 100 Voices book is on its way to becoming a fully fledged reality. It's a hugely important book full of new talent and stories that have not been given the platform they deserve - until now.

What is it? 

A year ago, I launched a project to commemorate the centenary of the Act that allowed the first women in the U.K to vote, and celebrate…

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