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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 DaviesIf 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?
- 31st December 2019 Happy New Year and thanks to all of our supporters!
2019 was an exciting year for 100 Voices. We started the year with the kernel of an idea - what if we took our podcast of over 100 women’s stories about life in the UK, 100 years after women got the vote - and made it a book!
With the dream of boosting the visibility of women writers and the audibility of their stories we signed a book contract with the publisher Unbound and started our quest…12th December 2019 We’re at 50%! Happy democracy day friends.
As we take to the polls (have you voted yet?) I wanted to share a bit of 100 Voices news, joy and a special offer!
100 Voices all started with a vote, after all. I set it up the project to celebrate 100 years since a selection of women were first permitted to vote. It was a small difference and a huge step forward for women. But 101 years later, young women are still the least likely demographic…24th October 2019 The Voices of Windrush
In a special feature to mark Black History Month, writer and performer Natalie Twum-Barima records an exclusive poem for 100 Voices for 100 Years. It’s a moving tribute to the families of Windrush through the imagined voices of those that took the journey. We’re thrilled that Natalie is going to be one of the writers that will be featured in the beautiful book we’re making (see below for more…11th October 2019 100 Voices - Message from Ros...
Hello, I’m Ros Ball, one of the 100 voices. Miranda has passed me the pen to bring you an update as we continue our push to get our stories heard.
Last week a group of the 100 voices writers met in a Bill’s restaurant in Holborn, London because it has a hidden history. It was the HQ of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), a group better known as the suffragettes. There’s no blue plaque…23rd August 2019 It's here... ☀️☀️☀️
Hey 100 Voices supporters, hope you're about ready for a baking Bank Holiday. As if the weather wasn't exciting enough we are beside ourselves at 100 Voices, as we have just 20 copies to sell before we get to the half way mark!
Phew. It's been a great triumph to get this far and they tell me that once we got that magic 50, it's all downhill. Please tell a friend about us over your many picnics…5th July 2019 Womenspire Wonderland
This Thursday I had the total honour of giving a reading from the 100 Voices book at the Womenspire Awards in Cardiff. The event is an annual hootenanny celebrating women from all over Wales, especially those working in their community to bash down all sorts of barriers relating to inclusion and women's equality.
I arrived while the team behind the event, employees of the women's equality charity…26th June 2019 Guess who made the Top Ten?
Summer is here!
I'm typing feverishly in order to claim that as I write - the SUN IS OUT. As someone who has spent a lot of time outside recently, this is big news.
More big news is that it will soon be 5 months since 100 Voices launched on Unbound, 5 months of campaigning, coercing and collaborating with new friends to make our book even more amazing than it was when we first deep-winter-dreamed…15th May 2019 Birthday treats for Guilty Feminists
This week 100 Voices is celebrating its birthday! It's a year since our podcast of true stories by women writers from all over the UK culminated on 16 May 2018 (check out http://www.100voicesfor100years.com)
We're hoping these moving, funny and inspiring stories all about achievement will be shared with even more people through our beautiful Unbound book. To mark the anniversary we are jumping…10th May 2019 May-king headway (and news of a Birthday)
Hello everyone, wishing you Happy May, royal child celebrations, footballing glory, Iron Throne speculation and above all, an escape from the rain that has been drumming on the boat for what seems like eternity...
We are almost one hundred days into our crowdfunding project! On 16 May we will be celebrating not only that but the anniversary of the 100 Voices For 100 Years podcast reaching our goal…6th April 2019 Why have seconds when you can have thirds?!
WE ARE A THIRD OF THE WAY THERE!
This week has been incredible. Last Sunday I stopped relentlessly checking the funding page to see if anyone had pledged for a few hours and got on with my life. I went for a long walk, listened to the radio and cooked a roast (Anna Jones you are a gift from above). Then, quickly, before watching a film I dared to look. I was stunned. The funding had jumped up.…6th March 2019 100 supporters and counting!
We have over 100 supporters!
What an awesome way to kick off our crowdfunding campaign proper, as we announce to the world what we are doing with our official launch on 6 March 2019.
It's been really exciting to see more of our friends and family joining our supporters over the last few weeks. I've been battling time difference and lack of wifi while on a backpacking…13th February 2019 We are off!
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.
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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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