Cambridge launch

Join us at the Cambridge launch of our newest anthology Words And Women: Four. We have readers from this anthology, including the regional prize winner of our prose competition Melissa Fu, and also from Words And Women: Three. The best-selling novelist Jill Dawson is our special guest and we have live music from Didi, as featured on BBC Radio 6 Music.

The event is free to attend and takes place at La Raza, 4 - 6 Rose Street. Readings will start at 7.30pm. Copies of all Words And Women anthologies will be available to buy at £10 each (cash only). 

See below for the biographies of our fantastic readers.

Words And Women wish to thank our supporters Anthea Morrison and Leigh Chambers for organising this event. It promises to be a great night! 

Our Readers:

Ann Abineri. After moving to Cambridge to train as a nurse, Ann brought up four children, studied with the OU and now teaches in the childcare and education sector. Although frequently tempted by writing courses, Ann now puts time aside to follow her own writing interests and has had success with poetry, flash fiction and short stories.

Melissa Fu grew up in Northern New Mexico and lives in Cambridge. Her work appears in Words and Women:Two, Bare Fiction, Envoi, Right Hand Pointing, and other publications. With backgrounds in physics and English, she spent many years working in education, both as a teacher and a consultant. In 2014 Melissa combined her loves of writing and teaching to start Spilling the Ink, a small business offering creative writing courses and coaching. 

Guinevere Glasfurd's first novel, The Words in My Hand, was published in 2016 by Two Roads Books and was recently shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and longlisted for the Prix du Roman FNAC, 2016. Her work has been funded by Arts Council England and the British Council. She lives with her husband and daughter on the edge of the Fens near Cambridge and is currently working on her second novel. 

Ingrid Jendrzejewski received a BFA in Creative Writing and BA in English Literature at the University of Evansville before going on to earn a BA and MSci in Natural Sciences (Physics) at the University of Cambridge.  At the University of Evansville, she served as non-fiction editor, then editor-in-chief of the Evansville Review.  Since graduating, she has worked as everything from researcher, copy-editor, researcher, arts administrator, producer, researcher and game content developer for a popular mmorpg, where millions of players interacted with the content she wrote and coded.  
C. G. Menon has won a number of short story awards, including the Asian Writer prize, the Winchester Festival award and The Short Story prize. Her stories have been broadcast on radio and are published or forthcoming in journals including The Lonely Crowd and anthologies such as Siren Press' Fugue II, the Rubery Book Award short story collection, the Willesden Herald shortlist and the first Words and Women collection. She lives in Cambridge, and is currently working on her first novel.

Our Special Guest Reader:

Jill Dawson is the best-selling author of nine novels, including Fred & Edie (short-listed for The Whitbread and Orange Prize) and Watch Me Disappear (long-listed for the Orange Prize). Her novel The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke, published in 2009, was a best-seller and a Richard and Judy Summer Read.  Lucky Bunny, which tells the life of Queenie Dove, East End thief and good time girl, won a Fiction Uncovered Award.  Her novel The Tell-Tale Heart, described by Hilary Mantel as ‘an uncanny and atmospheric novel by a skilful storyteller’ was long-listed for the Folio prize. Her latest is The Crime Writer, about Patricia Highsmith. All are published by Sceptre.
In addition to the fiction, Jill has edited six anthologies and won awards for poetry, short stories and screenplays.  She has held many fellowships including the British Council Writing Fellowship at Amherst College, Massachusetts and the Creative Writing Fellowship at University of East Anglia in Norwich, where she also taught on the MA.  Her Creative Writing teaching spans twenty years and she is a popular tutor and writing mentor. In 2006 Jill was awarded an honorary doctorate by Anglia Ruskin University. She has been an Advisory Fellow to the Royal Literary Fund for ten years.  She currently teaches creative writing for the Faber Academy and the Guardian/UEA Masterclasses as well as mentoring new and emerging writers under a scheme she founded:

Music by Didi
DIDI launched herself onto the solo scene ‘overnight’ after performing in bands for the previous eleven years. Still only 21, DIDI decided to perform solo after writing a song unexpectedly in March of this year, (Sorry) which she liked so much that she decided she wanted to release it. The response has been astonishing, with her follow up single (Awkward) being adopted as an LGBTQ anthem by DIVA magazine and gaining the approval of Lily Allen at a recent women in music event and a radio play on BBC 6 Music after catching the ear of morning presenter Chris Hawkins.
Based in Hertfordshire, Lauren Deakin Davies (real name) has developed a reputation as a record producer for acoustic and folk acts over the last four years. So she is now combining her skills and experience to write, produce, release and perform her own material, which she is finding gives her a creative freedom she has not experienced before. Her set is varied and demonstrates a relaxed engaging stage presence, her songs range from distorted guitar driven pop/punk tracks to the pure simplicity of a cappella, and everything in between. You can find out from her website

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