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International Women’s Day Panel Event

March 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


On Friday 3rd March, Waterstones, Oxford will be holding a panel discussion hosted by local publisher Hurst Street Press, in conjunction with the Oxford University Poetry Society. The event, which will take place from 7pm, is part of the run up to International Women’s Day 2017 which takes place on the 8th March, and just one in a series of events taking place within the city.

The event will see four female authors – Sarah Fletcher, Lili Hamlyn, Selena Nwula and Joanna Walsh – discussing their own writing and the influences at play within it. Each author will read extracts from their major influences. This will be followed by a general panel discussion, chaired by publisher, Shoshana Kessler (HSP) and poet, Camille Ralphs (OUPS).

This is a chance to engage and support some of the best contemporary UK-based writers, to listen to their thoughts upon the importance of literature and its impact upon the world, and to celebrate International Women’s Day together.

Tickets are available from the Waterstones, Oxford website at a cost of £3 each.

The Panel:

Sarah Fletcher is a British-American poet:  named a 2012 Foyle Young Poet of the Year, Fletcher received the 2012 and 2013 Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes, and has been shortlisted for the Stephen Spender Prize and Bridport Prize. Her work appears in The London Magazine, The Morning Star, and Word Riot, as well as in anthologies with The Emma Press and Eyewear Publishing. Fletcher’s debut collection Kissing Angels was published in 2015 by Dead Ink Books.

Lili Hamlyn is a new writer, first published by Hurst Street Press in November 2016 in IRIS magazine. Hamlyn, who is based in both London and New York, is due to publish her first debut collection in 2017 with HSP.

Selena Nwulu is a writer, social researcher and campaigner with a focus on social and environmental justice, education and global politics. She has recently completed a tenure as the Young Poet Laureate for London and her debut collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2015 and was awarded a Poetry Book Society recommendation.

Joanna Walsh is an author and editor, whose work has been published by Granta Magazine, The Dalkey Archive and Gorse among others. She has several books published with Bloomsbury, And Other Stories and Redux Books. Walsh is currently working on a DPhil at UEA in Creative and Critical Writing and is Fiction Editor at 3:AM Magazine.

The Chairs:

Shoshana Kessler is an editor and co-founder of the Oxford-based independent publisher and printing press, Hurst Street Press. Kessler also works for The White Review as an assistant editor and is on the panel for Friction Talks in Oxford.

Camille Ralphs is the President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, studying for a MSt in Creative Writing at Kellogg College. She is the senior poetry editor at The Missing Slate and her debut poetry collection, Malkin, was published in 2016 by The Emma Press.


March 3, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




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William Baker House
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AF United Kingdom
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