“Feminist. Bookish. Curious. Inclusive. Challenging. Kind.” Thus reads the manifesto of the Feminist Book Society, a monthly London-based book club that meets to celebrate feminist authors of fiction and non-fiction, and create a safe space for women writers and editors. As women make up the majority of book consumers, the publishing industry needs women in editorial and writing positions to ensure they connect to the female audience.

Join this panel event chaired by publishers Eleanor Dryden and Katy Loftus, as Aimée Felone, Helen Lederer and Ayisha Malik discuss the role of women in the world of books today. Don’t miss this fascinating insight into the publishing world from diverse angles.

About The Hosts

Eleanor Dryden

Eleanor Dryden in the publishing director of Bonnier Zaffre, a publishing house based in London which is a division of Bonnier Publishing. Highlights of Bonnier’s first two years include the international number one bestsellers Maestra and Domina by LS Hilton, and number 1 Sunday Times bestseller Wilde Like Me, by Louise Pentland.

Katy Loftus

Katy Loftus is an editorial director at Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She has worked in the industry for ten years, and over that time has worked on a variety of books, from an obstetrics and gynaecology textbook, to the phenomenon that was The Girl on the Train. She now publishes bestselling fiction.

About The Speakers

Aimée Felone

Aimée is co-founder of newly launched Knights Of – a commercial children’s publisher focused on hiring diversely and commissioning writers and illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds. She is a supportive and engaged voice within the industry and is committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity.

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Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik’s adult novels Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land were met with great critical acclaim. Ayisha was a WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick and Sofia Khan has been a CityReads London book. Her children’s books include a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and The Seven Sisters. She is winner of The Diversity Book Awards and has been shortlisted for The Asian Women of Achievement Award, Marie Claire’s Future Shapers’ Awards and the h100 Awards. Her latest novel, The Movement, is out July 2022.  

Helen Lederer

A comedy writer and actress known for her observational humour with an extensive portfolio including performing her own material. Her comedy novel Losing It (Pan Macmillan) was nominated for the PG Wodehouse comedy literary prize. She launched her brainchild Comedy Women in Print Book Prize to celebrate female comedy writers.