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

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Joelle Taylor

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright and author. Taylor founded SLAMbassadors, the UK’s national youth slam championships, for the Poetry Society in 2001, and was its Artistic Director and National Coach until 2018. She is the host and co-curator of Out-Spoken, the UK’s Centre’s premier poetry and music club, resident at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room. Taylor is the author of three poetry collections, three plays, and a collection of short stories, The Night Alphabet (forthcoming). She is widely anthologised and her work is taught as part of the OCR GCSE syllabus. A Radio 4 documentary about her work, Butch, was broadcast in 2020. She has also featured on The Verb R3, Power Lines R4, Poetry Please Radio 4, Educating the East End (ITV), and We Belong Here (BBC).Taylor is a Fellow of the RSA, received a Change Maker Award from the Southbank Centre in recognition of the impact SLAMbassadors has had on British culture, and was longlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017 and 2019.

About The Speakers

Bidisha

Bidisha is a broadcaster, journalist and film maker. She works for The Observer and The Guardian and presents and commentates for BBC TV and radio, ITN, CNN, ViacomCBS and Sky News, where she has been a regular on the weekend breakfast show since 2016. Bidisha specialises in international human rights, social justice and culture and the arts. Her fifth book,  Asylum and Exile: Hidden Voices of London (2015), is based on her outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres. 

Her first short film, An Impossible Poison, premiered in Berlin in November 2017  and received its London premier in March 2018. It has been highly acclaimed and selected for numerous international film festivals. Her latest publication is an essay called The Future of Serious Art (Nov 2020) and her latest film series, Aurora, launched in 2020 and is ongoing. She is currently presenting the Hello Happiness audio series for Wellcome Collection, all about mental and physical health. 

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.