'Remarkably brought together, heartwarming and uplifting . . . showing that despite differences in age and background, geography and lifestyle, there is so much that binds up, so much we share' Kit de Waal
'A stimulating collection of women's voices to help inspire us for the next 100 years' Elizabeth Day
100 Voices is an anthology of writing by women across the country on what achievement means for them, and how they have come to find their own voice. Featuring poetry, fiction and memoir, the pieces range from notes on making lemon curd, to tales of marathon running and riding motorbikes, to accounts of a refugee eating English food for the first time, a newlywed learning her mother tongue and a woman rebuilding her life after an abusive relationship.
The poignant, funny and inspiring stories collected here are as varied and diverse as their authors, who include established names such as Louise Jensen, Sabrina Mahfouz, Yvonne Battle-Felton and Miranda Keeling alongside a host of exciting new writers. Taken together, they build a picture of what it’s really like to be a woman in the UK today.
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.
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You may have received a very special email this week - your books are being dispatched. We did it!
Weekend before last I signed 250 books which will be making their way to some of you. I wrote in every one, “We did it!” I meant it - you are a huge part of making this happen. And writing those words made me feel proud every time.
We’ve come a very long way since our first podcast in 2018. We…
6th February 2022Sometimes you have to look back to look forward
It’s 4 years since we started.
“I am in the early stage of planning a project that is a bit ambitious but, I reckon, could be quite fun and maybe even important."
That was part of an email I sent to around 70 people on 14 January 2018, to tell them about the podcast I hoped to run over 100 days, sharing a different story of achievement each day. The story should be true, and by a woman…
6th December 2021Merry Christmas from 100 Voices - what's happened in 2021?
Wishing you the very best for the festive season! I hope you’ve had a good Diwali, Chanukah, Bodi Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Sinterklaas, Office Party or other seasonal festival and are feeling that this December is a time for celebration.
This time last year we were celebrating our fundraiser “Not the Office Party” which was one of my favourite events…
1st October 2021968 days
Sometimes it's a numbers game.
968 days ago we launched the crowdfunding campaign to make 100 Voices, our book of 100 women writers on achievement. 263 days ago - on 11 January this year, we reached our target. Now, years and many life events later, we are about to close the supporters list, with the wondow extended to the 3rd October. Once that happens people can still buy the book, but they…
3rd September 2021You made this book - last chance to get names in!
Lovely supporter family, we are nearly there. Our publication date is confirmed for March 2022 and as you can see we are in the "Final Design" phase. The big news is we will be closing our supporters list at midnight on 26 September which means it's the last chance to get your names in the book!
I hope you've had a good summer, despite the grey skies (actual and metaphorical) there have been…
30th March 2021Off to the publishers!
Happy Spring, Easter, Pesach, Persian New Year, Holi, Lailatul-Baraat, lockdown easing...
On this sunny Tuesday it feels like there is a change in the air and plenty to mark, or celebrate. And as part of that I am absolutely thrilled to let you know that I have submitted the 100 Voices manuscript to Unbound!
I’ve spent the last two months chatting to our writers, and even adding…
11th January 2021We did it! 100 Voices is 100 % going to happen
Happy New Year! I am overjoyed that my first message to you all in 2021 is to tell you that the book is fully funded.
I have spent most of the day dancing.
We reached 90% last week and it’s been an amazing seeing the project build momentum over the week! Wow. Thank you so much to all our new supporters who have gotten us over the line and secure the future of this book!
And to all of you…
22nd December 2020Hello 2021! 100 Voices end of year thank you and Happy Holidays!
Dear supporters, we are nearly there, just 8 copies from 90%!
This one is to say a huge THANK YOU for all of your help, patience and amazing cheer during this strange old year. I hope wherever you are you are healthy and are able to get a break this Christmas.
I know for many it will have been a year to forget, but I wanted to give a quick run down of the year for 100 Voices to share some of…
10th December 202085% funded. Let's have a party (details enclosed)
A very quick update to share the good news - we are now 85% funded!
I am absolutely thrilled to bits that we’ve reached this milestone, a massive thanks to all of you for telling your friends and spreading the word about our book of stories by 100 of the most talented writers in the UK (who happen to be female). These stories need to be shared, and we are very close now to making…
27th November 2020Black Friday 25% off for feminists and friends
It's been quite a week (Tier 3 tears, anyone?) but the only Black Friday we want to tell you about is the one with many bargainous books, running at Unbound today.
Between 10am and midnight today, you or your friends can get a whopping 25% off any reward up to £75. That means that instead of £25 the book is £18.75, so please do forward this to friends who might be interested…
17th November 2020Light in the Darkness
Hi all, I wanted to share some brilliant news! We have hit 80% funded, with less than 30 copies to go before our next big milestone! We’re so close now. And we are launching a very beautiful Gift Certificate to wow your loved ones.
The festive season is, thanks to Lockdown 2.0, well and truly here. Yesterday I saw not only a lit up tree but a house with a fairly-light reindeer and flashing Merry…
21st October 2020What day of the week is it anyway?
Midweek, Hump-day, Odin’s Day… It is exactly one week until our Lockdown Lift-Up.
The days have been bleeding into another for a while,but however you’re choosing to identify today, here at 100 Voices one thing is for certain, on Wednesday 28th October from 8pm we will be getting together with our friends to raise our spirits, and hopefully some funds for our book of 100 women writers. Sound fun…
11th September 2020Back to School...
Etcha-sketch and Grange Hill vibes
Happy Friday to our 383 supporters! Welcome to our new friends and hello again to our pals who have been with us since the start. Another season turns and I am THRILLED to say we have raised 13 of 17 grand. We’re at 76% funded. Over three-quarters there.
We’re not stopping. We are driving to get to 80% funded this month. Once that happens, we will be rolling…
24th July 202070% and counting - things are happening!
Happy #friyay everyone, it’s finally here. And what a week it’s been!
The world is moving fast and slow at the moment, but for 100 Voices it has been an outstanding couple of weeks. Welcome to our amazing new supporters – there are now 366 of you and you have taken us over 70%. We’re under 20 copies from 75% funded. A huge milestone.
I’m not sure I would have believed it two weeks ago, but…
1st July 202010 sponsored copies available now!
We have NEWS!
The brilliant team at Croydon Cycle Theatre are offering a special reward to help access our brilliant book of 100 writers coming together to make women’s stories count. Every penny we make on our crowdfunder goes to getting our book on the shelves, sharing 100 true stories of women’s lives today. We’re doing it because we believe women’s voices need to be heard, and our writing should…
15th May 2020You’re invited to a party!
It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote an update, but time feels very fluid at the moment. I hope you and your families, friends, neighbours are all well.
For me, the thing getting me through is the stories of lockdown love-ins, of socially distanced socialising. It’s scary out there, but a smile from a stranger rarely goes wrong in my book. That, and getting dressed up to go to the “theatre…
29th March 2020Cheer in times of change. And change again.
*News flash* This Tuesday 31 March at 6.30pm UK time we are coming to your house! 100 Voices writers are sharing stories at the online Stay At Home literary festival and you’re invited. Click this link at 6.30pm. Please do tell your friends to come along to find out about what we do and help us in the last push to get our book of 100 women writers funded.
But before we get to that, how are you?…
6th February 2020Introducing... our mentors
Today we are launching a whole new reward!
7 of the best writers in the United Kingdom (in my opinion, but also in the bookshelves and reviews, you know) have offered to provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance of a creative consultation. There’s more on who is giving you this brilliant opportunity further down. But first, a quick story.
I couldn’t spell my surname until I was 7. It’s long…
30th January 2020100 Voices are going to change the world! A bit...
It’s almost the end of the first month of the decade. It’s been a long one.
The good news is that spring is apparently on the way... and with it some very exciting 100 Voices news.
Some of you have been with us for almost a year now. What’s happened in that time? Some pretty life changing stuff I hear from social media and events - I’m not saying it’s ALL due to your amazing…
31st December 2019Happy 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 2019We’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 2019The 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 details…
11th October 2019100 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 2019It'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 2019Womenspire 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 2019Guess 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 2019Birthday 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 2019May-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 2019Why 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 2019100 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 2019We 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.
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…
Hi, I run a youth programme throughout the summer and autumn. I am interested in your workshop pledge but had a couple of questions before hand such as travel distance, workshop capacities, available dates etc. Could you please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss more. Happy to order via unbound if it's still a good fit for my programme. Thanks
Hello Scarlett have just seen this huge apologies. I’ll email you in the next day! Miranda