By Jo Shaw, Ben Fletcher-Watson and Abrisham Ahmadzadeh
Fifty reflections on women, power and identity
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
The latest news on "Dangerous Women": awards, Google Doodles and more
It's been a busy summer so far for the Dangerous Women Project. The book currently has 405 pledges, and has reached 77% of our target funding. The match funding we secured last month to take us to 100% will arrive in the next few days, and then it's full steam ahead to printing the book!
We've also been enjoying some lovely news about our authors in recent weeks: on Monday, Irenosen Okojie was announced as the winner of the £10,000 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story 'Grace Jones'. You can read more on the BBC website. Bernardine Evaristo also selected Irenosen's short story collection Nudibranch for inclusion on her list of 20 Black British womxn writers for the Words of Colour campaign. The same day, Google marked the 280th birthday of French botanist and explorer Jeanne Baret with a Google Doodle on their homepage; Glynis Ridley's essay about Baret will appear in the book.
Image courtesy of Google. Image by Sophie Diao.
Looking to the future, Claire Askew's new crime novel Cover Your Tracks comes out in August (and can already be spotted in some bookshops!). New performance pieces by Jo Clifford will be featured in Pitlochry Festival Theatre's Shades of Tay project and Magnetic North's micro-commissions programme.
If anyone would still like to pledge, there is plenty of time: https://unbound.com/books/dangerous-women/. We have plenty of goodies - from mugs to bespoke experiences - still available for supporters. And of course, once conditions allow, we'll be organising a fabulous launch party to celebrate all of our authors and all of you!
Thank you from the whole editorial team and everyone at the Dangerous Women Project.
Jo, Ben and Abi