In 2015, The Guardian and The Bookseller published a talk Kamila Shamsie gave at Hay Festival as part of Writers’ Centre Norwich’s National Conversation. Her contention – that books by and about women are still significantly less likely to win literary prizes or to receive as much critical recognition as their male counterparts – sparked heated debate about the problem of gender equality in the books trade. Even more incendiary than her argument, however, was her proposed solution. In a provocation to all British publishers, big and small, she urged presses to highlight the problem, instigate discussion, and mark the centenary of female suffrage by publishing only women authors in 2018.
And Other Stories was the only press to take up her challenge.
And keep an eye on #YPW2018 for more updates on our progress throughout the year!