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Once Upon A Time… Subversive folk tales with Kirsty Logan & Zoe Gilbert

June 20 at 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


As part of Feminist Book Fortnight we are absolutely thrilled to have Zoe Gilbert & Kirsty Logan in the bookshop! They’ll be reading from their latest novels, and exploring the magic and feminism in subversive fairytales and folklore.

Fairy tales and folklore form the bedrock to much contemporary storytelling – A child’s first exposure to literature is often a fairy tale, frequently a derivative of one of the classics. In the 1970s, many feminists focused critical attention on fairy tales and broke the spell that had enchanted readers for centuries. By exposing the role of fairy tales in the cultural struggle over gender, feminism sparked a debate that would change the way society thinks about fairy tales and the words “happily ever after.”

They also sparked a new wave of subversive storytelling that challenged and reimagined the entrenched stereotypes and gendered violence of the genre both for children and adults, from The Paper Bag Princess to the works Angela Carter, Paula Rego, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Suniti Namjoshi and Marina Warner.

There’s since been some phenomenal new writing by other authors drawing on the tradition – Madeline Miller’s Circe, Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, Zoe Gilbert’s Folk and Kirsty Logan’s entire body of work are just a few enthralling additions!

Kirsty Logan is a writer, performer, literary editor, writing mentor and book reviewer from Glasgow. Her first book, The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, won the Polari and Scott Prizes and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. Her novel, The Gracekeepers, won a Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Golden Tentacle for best debut. Now she’s back with The Gloaming, a bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home.

Zoe Gilbert won the 2014 Costa Short Story Award and her debut novel Folk was published to rave reviews earlier this year. Crackling with echoes of ancient folklore, but entirely, wonderfully, her own, Gilbert’s Folk is a dark, beautiful and intoxicating debut. Her stories have appeared in anthologies from Comma, Cinnamon and Labello presses amongst others, and in journals worldwide including The Stinging Fly, Mechanics’ Institute Review, and the British Fantasy Society Journal; she has a PhD in Creative Writing.

This event will be chaired by the Edinburgh-based writer Heather Parry.

**We have 20 FREE tickets to offer for this event, they’re available on a first come, first served basis and must be reserved in the bookshop prior to the event!**


June 20
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lighthouse Bookshop
43-45 West Nicolson Street
Edinburgh, Mid-Lothian EH8 9DB United Kingdom
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