Category Archives: conversations with contemporary women writers

SAVE THE DAY! Fay Weldon in Conversation with Professor Mary Eagleton at Literary Leicester

A CWWA-sponsored event is going to take place at the Literary Leicester festival this year, on Saturday 19 November at 6.30pm:


Fay Weldon: In Conversation

Fay Weldon will discuss her latest book, Before the War (2016), with Founder Chair of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, Professor Mary Eagleton. They will reflect on changes in the social and literary landscape since the publication of Fay’s first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967), almost 50 years ago.

This is a free event and all are warmly welcome – further details about the venue and how to book will follow soon. More information about the festival, taking place from 16-19 November, is available on Literary Leicester’s website:

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Conversations with Contemporary Women Writers events – Kate Johnson,Shamshad Khan and Elizabeth Chadwick

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The School of Cultural Studies and Humanities in conjunction with the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association are delighted to announce the further speakers in our series of ‘Conversations with Contemporary Women Writers’, taking place at Leeds Metropolitan University over the next three months. We will be welcoming:


Kate Johnson

Tuesday 21 May 2013, 17.30-19.00

Leeds Metropolitan University, A203

Kate Johnson is a writer of romantic and paranormal fiction. She is a self-confessed fan of Terry Pratchett, whose fantasy fiction has inspired her to write her own books. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has previously published short stories in the UK and romantic mysteries in the US. She is a previous winner of the WisRWA’s Silver Quill and Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume award. The UnTied Kingdom was Kate’s UK debut and was short listed for the 2012 Romantic Contemporary Novel of the year award (RoNA). Run Rabbit Run is the fifth novel in her Sophie Green Mysteries and the first to be published in the UK.


Shamshad Khan

Wednesday 29 May 2013 17.30-19.00

Leeds Metropolitan University, A312

Shamshad Khan is a performance poet whose work has appeared in a number of anthologies and been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Her poetic monologue Hard Cut was performed for the conference of women live art performers (Berne, Switzerland) and Khala Ghoda Festival (Mumbai, India). The pieces Megalomaniac and Hard Cut were both directed by Mark Whitelaw, winner of the Lawrence Olivier Award 2004. Her performances have included collaborations with musicians, beatboxers and video artists. She is co-editor of two anthologies of poetry for crocus books. Her first collection, Megalomaniac, was published by Salt in 2007.


Elizabeth Chadwick

Monday 17 June 2013 17.30-19.00

Leeds Metropolitan University, A301

Elizabeth Chadwick is an award-winning author of historical fiction. Her novel To Defy A King won the 2011 Romantic Novelists Association prize for the genre. In 1998, her novel The Champion was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Parker Pen Award for the best Romantic novel of the year. In 2010 The Scarlet Lion was nominated as one of the ten landmark historical novels of the decade by Historical Novel Society founder Richard Lee. ‘Her latest novel, The Summer Queen is the first in a major trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine.’




ALL ARE VERY WELCOME! For further information please contact Dr Susan Watkins



Conversations with Contemporary Women Writers: Professor Manju Jaidka

The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association in conjunction with Leeds Metropolitan University are delighted to announce that Professor Manju Jaidka, of Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, will be the opening speaker in a series of ‘Conversations with Contemporary Women Writers’.

Date: Tuesday 12 March 2013
Time: 17.30-19.00
Venue Broadcasting Place AG10, Leeds Metropolitan University

Professor Jaidka is a novelist and critic. She will be talking about and reading from her recent novel, Scandal Point, which is set in 1892, in colonial India. The handsome young ruler of an Indian princely state angers the British rulers. His fault? He has fallen in love and eloped with the Viceroy’s daughter. Not an ordinary romance, the elopement has far-reaching consequences. It results in a child who grows up unaware of his lineage but one day, like Oedipus, he discovers the truth and embarks on a journey seeking his roots. There are no records, no documents, no witnesses, no evidence. With the help of stray bits of information and semi-reliable clues he pieces together the almost incredible tale of his mother’s elopement and its tragic aftermath.

Manju Jaidka is a Professor at the Department of English & Cultural Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh. A recipient of a UGC Text-book Award in 1994, she has also received several international fellowships including a Fulbright Research Grant to Harvard and Yale Universities in 1990-91, a Rockefeller Residency at the Bellagio Study Centre (1995), a fellowship at the Salzburg Center (1996), a Rockefeller Visiting Professorship at the University of Iowa (1998- 99), and the Lillian Robinson Fellowship from the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at the University of Concordia, Montreal in March 2008. Professor Jaidka is also the author of the novel, Spots of Time, and a play, The Seduction and Betrayal of Cat Whiskers, as well literary criticism on Indian and American literature. She is Chair of MELUS-India (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States – India chapter) and MELOW (the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World).