Festival of Women Writers and Journalists: A Centenary Celebration of Time and Tide

Festival of Women Writers and Journalists: A Centenary Celebration of Time and Tide 

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020 (afternoon; precise timings tbc)

This online event, part of an AHRC-funded research project marking the centenary of feminist magazine Time and Tide, will explore the status of women in the media and publishing landscape today in conversation with influential female journalists, editors, and publishers, including Polly Toynbee of the Guardian and Nicola Beauman of Persephone Books.

  • Panel 1 – “Women, Politics, and the Press” – will interrogate the status of women in spheres of print journalism from which they have historically been excluded (politics, economics, international affairs). Confirmed panellists: Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee, and Helen Lewis, staff writer for The Atlantic and former deputy editor of the New Statesman. Chaired by Dr Sarah Lonsdale, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City University of London.
  • Panel 2 – “Women, Publishing, and the Literary Press” – will focus on literary and review journalism and publishing, in particular the persistent gender bias in favour of male reviewers and books authored by men. Confirmed panellists: Thea Lenarduzzi, Commissioning Editor at the Times Literary Supplement; Catherine Riley, writer and co-founder of the Primadonna Festival; Nicola Beauman, founder of Persephone Books. Chaired by Rebecca Harding, Chair of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.  

These hour-long live-streamed panel discussions will be accompanied by pre-recorded illustrated talks about Time and Tide’s interwar history, all of which will be made available on the project website. 

For more about Time and Tide and this project please visit our website, here, where further details about the Festival will be published in due course. 

Any questions may be directed to Project Officer Dr Eleanor Reed (Eleanor.Reed@ntu.ac.uk).