From inspirational women writers to strong female characters, there is no shortage of examples of ways women have motivated, encouraged and empowered other women through literature, arts and culture.

This year the Festival celebrates the importance of women in the field through a series of dynamic events, discussions and debates.

Chaired by the Hon. Ros Kelly AO, first up is a dynamic and interactive session with five highly successful women from Australia and the UK at the top of their fields. Ms Kelly AO will be joined by Robyn Archer AO, Diane Lees CBE, Diana Brightmore-Armour and Geraldine Doogue AO to share their insights into career success in Inspiring Women Reflect on Friday 29 May.

Kate Grenville pays tribute to her mother, a woman whose life spanned a centure of tumult and change, when she joins us for a discussion of her new memoir One Life: My Mother’s Story on Saturday 30 May.

Two of New Zealand’s most exciting female writers, Elizabeth Knox and Janina Matthewson, demonstrate the power of storytelling, in an event which explores alternative worlds in fiction in Alternative Worlds on Sunday 31 May.

The importance of literature for crossing cross-cultural boundaries, and the vital role of women in gathering and sharing stories, will be explored by author Pat Lowe in Telling Other People’s Stories: Writing Across Cultures. Part discussion, part workshop, the session will focus on participants’ experiences in navigating difference in storytelling.

To cap it all off, Sunday 31 May also features an afternoon performance in the beautiful Chapel of King’s College London from a powerful Australian voice, Nellie Bell – singer, songwriter, musician and producer.

With such talent, ability and experience across a range of Festival events, we can’t wait for this year’s showcase to inspire and encourage our guests to look at the diversity of womens voices in arts, culture and literature. These are only a few highlights of a diverse programme – click here for the full Festival event list.

Don’t forget you can purchase Day & Weekend Weekend passes for the main Festival weekend (Saturday 30 May & Sunday 31 May) and see a lot more events for less. Only £35 for a full day pass (excluding workshops), and £60 for the whole weekend! Phone 020 7692 8780 to secure your tickets.

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