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Radical Book Fair Launch : Shami Chakrabarti on Women (RBF)

 

Ticket sales are now disabled online, but there will still be tickets available on the door at the event.

 

Civil rights campaigner, author, politician. Shami Chakrabarti has been one of the most influential voices in British politics over the last decade and a constant presence in the frontlines of political debate.

Chakrabarti opens the 2017 Radical Book Fair with a talk inspired by her new book Of Women, a powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality, and how we get there.

As we move forward in the twenty-first century, a time of crises the world over, Shami Chakrabarti lays out the huge challenges we face with honesty and clarity. We have not yet done enough to create a more equal world: one where women and men share power, responsibility and opportunity. One that is potentially happier and more peaceful. One where no life is wasted, and everyone has a chance to fulfill their potential. Instead, we’ve been playing around at the edges. What’s needed now is radical change.

From the disparity in the number of births to issues of schooling, work, ownership, faith, political representation and international diplomacy, Of Women outlines what needs fixing and makes clear, inspiring proposals about what we do next, putting women’s rights at the centre of the progressive political agenda.

Chakrabarti Currently serving as the Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales, Shami was also one of the panel members of the Levenson Enquiry, chaired the 2016 investigation into anti-semitism in the Labour Party and was the only person nominated to gain a lifelong peerage by Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Resignation Honours.

 

Ticket sales are now disabled online, but there will still be tickets available on the door at the event.

 

BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT: * Our 150 FREE places have now booked up, only our £5 spots remain, but remember these also include a £5 voucher redeemable at the Fair!

This event is part of the Radical Book Fair: a four day, bookshop run  flea-market of books and ideas! Most event places are free, however you may also book Event Supporter Vouchers for just £5 – these vouchers are fully redeemable against the books showcased at each event,  help us cover the costs of the Fair and enable us to offer Free places to others so that we can make the Fair as accessible as possible. Please consider this when booking your places below!

Women in Translation

Figures show that we are nearing an equilibrium in novel sales between the genders. Almost as many books sell by female authors as books by male authors. The difference according to many book sales charts is as little as one or two percent in both many areas of genre writing and literary fiction. That said, it is hard to shake the feeling when you enter any bookshop that the fiction shelves are populated by fewer female names than male. Could this be a hangover from history? As the shelves aren’t purely populated by modern books, could the sexist history of publishing be maintaining a sexist present in bookselling? I don’t claim to have answers, but it is an interesting issue to query. There is one area of fiction which still inarguably suffers from a very modern gender imbalance, and this is fiction in translation.

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