The anthology Resist: Stories of Uprising charts two thousand years of British resistance, from Boudica to Blair Peach, from the Battle of Cable Street to the protests after the Grenfell Tower Fire. This panel will examine the history of women’s rebellion in Britain, by focusing on three works from the collection covering Boudica, the Ford Dagenham Women’s Strike, and Seeds of Hope. The discussion will be moderated by Joelle Taylor, who hitched a ride to the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp from her home in Lancashire as a teenager.

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About The Host

Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor. She is widely anthologised, the author of 3 full poetry collections, the most recent being Songs My Enemy Taught Me, and 3 plays and is currently completing her debut book of short stories The Night Alphabet. Joelle founded SLAMbassadors in 2001 and is the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s Centre’s premier poetry and music club, currently resident at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room.

About The Speakers


Bidisha is a writer, broadcaster and film-maker/actor. Her most recent film is An Impossible Poison and her most recent book is Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London. She writes for The Guardian and presents for BBC radio and TV.

Luan Goldie

Luan Goldie is a Glasgow born author and primary school teacher who grew up in East London. Her debut novel Nightingale Point has been longlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. She is also the winner of the Costa Short Story Award. Her short stories have appeared in The Good Journal and Resist: Stories of Uprising. Her second novel Homecoming will be released by HarperCollins in 2020.

Zoe Lambert

Zoe Lambert is a writer based in Lancaster, where she lectures at Lancaster University. She has widely published short stories with independent presses including Unthank Books, Comma Press and Confingo. Her full length linked short story collection, The War Tour, is published by Comma Press and was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. She is currently working on short stories about caring and chronic illness.