• Friday 11th September 2020, 12-1pm. ‘Writing for blogs, websites and enyclopaedias’. Led by Prof Susan Watkins and Dr Kerry Myler. Hosted on Zoom. Please click here to register.

Please share far and wide! Event details can be reposted from Twitter and Facebook.

And coming up we have:

  • Friday 18th September 2020, 3-4.30pm. ‘The academic job market – 2020 and beyond’. Led by Dr Claire O’Callaghan and Prof Clare Hanson.
  • Friday 25th September 2020, 2-5pm. ‘Publishing in academic journals’. Led by Dr Kaye Mitchell and Olivia Heal.
  • Wednesday 30th September 2020, 3-4pm. CWWA 2020 AGM. All members welcome.
  • TBC, ‘Literature Must Fall: Hosting an alternative literature festival’. Led by Kavita Bhanot and Aaisha Akhtar.

Further details and registration for these (Zoom) events will be available soon.




We’ve made the decision to postpone our CWWA celebration event, which was taking place on 28th March at the BMI.​ We felt that it was best to err on the side of caution given the developing situation/advice about Covid-19.

We will be rearranging in due course, and so I very much hope that you will be able to join us then;  I’ll circulate information with the new date when this is agreed, but this is likely to be after the Summer now.


We are delighted to invite you to a free Contemporary Women’s Writing Association event, taking place on Saturday 28th March 2020, 12-5.30pm at the Birmingham & Midlands Institute (9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS).

This is to celebrate the contribution of Professor Mary Eagleton to the CWWN/CWWA, and to mark the merger of the PGCWWN with the Association with several workshops supporting postgraduates/early career researchers. All are welcome – please feel free to circulate this information far and wide!

The day will begin with a session on job applications/interviews led by Helen Davies, followed by a workshop/discussion with Aaisha Akhtar and Kavita Bhanot, organisers of the ‘Literature Must Fall’ Festival – an event that explored what it means to demystify and decolonise literature through discussions, performances and workshops  (see here for a review of this excellent event:  Aaisha and Kavita will be talking about their experiences of working on the ‘Literature Must Fall’ festival which took place in Birmingham in September 2019, discussing the politics of decolonising the curriculum, safe spaces and inclusivity in higher education.

Mary Eagleton’s keynote, ‘Chance and Choice: the Literature of Women’s Upward Mobility’ will focus upon the figure of the upwardly mobile, clever girl who features widely in the work of contemporary women writers. The paper concentrates on three moments: the post-war novels of Margaret Drabble and A.S. Byatt; the 1970’s semi-autobiographical fiction of Janice Galloway and Andrea Levy; and the contemporary work of novelist, Zadie Smith, and playwright, Ella Hickson. Running throughout is a consideration of a vocabulary particularly associated with upward mobility, that of ‘chance’ and ‘choice’. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

Here is the booking link for a free place:

Light refreshments will be served throughout the day (please bring your own lunch), and please specify any dietary/accessibility requirements by emailing Helen Davies at If you would like to join us for an evening  meal from 6pm onwards, please contact Helen to reserve a place.

Aaisha Akhtar is an English Literature graduate from Birmingham. She recently completed her degree at Newman University. She has previously worked with Birmingham Repertory Theatre via the Furnace Project, as a co-writer of a play called ‘Let Me Be A Bird’ (2017) and has also delivered various workshops on storytelling with NCS The Challenge. As part of the Literature Must Fall collective, she co-organised a literature festival (2019) and is currently working on a set of essays. Her interests include but are not limited to race, disability, the body and the gaze.

Kavita Bhanot wrote the landmark essay ‘Decolonise, Not Diversify’. Her fiction, non-fiction and reviews have been published and broadcast widely. She is editor of the anthologies Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press 2011) and the Book of Birmingham (Comma Press, 2018) and co-editor of the Bare Lit anthology (Brain Mill Press, 2017). She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow at Leicester University, where she is also a Creative Writing Fellow. She has been reading and mentoring for TLC for the last eight years. Her first novel won third prize in the SI Leeds Literary Prize. She lives in Birmingham.

Helen Davies is Head of English and Creative Writing at Newman University, Birmingham. She is the author of Gender and Ventriloquism in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction: Passionate Puppets (2012) and Neo-Victorian Freakery: The Cultural Afterlife of the Victorian Freak Show (2015). She has published widely on gender, sexuality, and disability in literature and culture, and is current writing a book, Reading Down Syndrome.

Mary Eagleton was, formerly, Professor of Contemporary Women’s Writing at Leeds Beckett University. She has published widely on contemporary women authors, feminist literary theory and feminist literary history. Publications include Clever Girls and the Literature of Women’s Upward Mobility (2018), Figuring the Woman Author in Contemporary Fiction (2005), Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader (3rd revised edition, 2011) and, with Emma Parker, The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970-the Present (2015).