Wednesday 27 February
7.00 – 8.00pm
Writer, journalist and activist Sian Norris leads a talk on the work of American novelist Gertrude Stein, and her infamous weekly literary salons with leading modernist figures from literature and art. Norris’s talk will explore writing communities, literary women, and the kinship we can form with writers and texts from the past.
Sian Norris is a novelist, journalist, poet and short story writer. She is a regular contributor to the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Pool, Prospect UK, politics.co.uk, and 50.50 openDemocracy. Her short fiction has been published in 3am Magazine, the Wales Arts Review and Halcyon. In 2017 she was the writer in residence at Spike Island and Wales Arts Review, and in 2018 she was the Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence at Birkbeck's politics department. Sian is the founder and director of the Bristol Women's Literature Festival, and is co-editor of the Read Women project. Her first novel explores the lives of women in Gertrude Stein's circle and in 2016 was nominated for the Lucy Cavendish Prize. It is currently on submission, while she works on her second book.