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International Women’s Day: Laura Bates, Holly Bourne, Laura Steven and Laura Coryton in conversation

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ll be joined by five exceptional feminist writers, for a discussion on how teen books are challenging sexism in schools. Laura Bates, Holly Bourne, Laura Steven and Laura Coryton will be discussing empowering young people to fight for equality with Katherine Webber, touching on everything from slut-shaming to misogyny, activism and revenge porn.


Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, and writes regularly for the GuardianNew York Times, amongst others, and won a British Press Award in 2015. She is the author of Everyday SexismMisogynation and the Sunday Times bestseller Girl UpThe Burningis her debut novel, telling the parallel stories of fifteen year old Anna, who is mercilessly bullied when a topless photo of her is shared around school, and Maggie, who was accused of witchcraft hundreds of years before.


Holly Bourne is the author of many highly acclaimed YA novels, perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed Spinster Club series, following three girls who set up a grassroots feminist group. Her latest novel, Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?, is a trailblazing and painfully honest novel about mental health and friendship, and is nominated for this year’s CILIP Carnegie Medal.


Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter. Her debut YA novel, The Exact Opposite of Okay, is about slut-shaming and the Friend Zone. The sequel, A Girl Called Shameless, is released 7th March. It focuses on revenge porn and is just as “funny, unapologetic and shameless in the best possible way”.


Laura Coryton is the author of non-fiction book and campaign guide Speak Up! A British campaigner and feminist activist, she is the founder of Stop Taxing periods, a campaign which seeks to abolish the Tampon Tax in the United Kingdom and make menstrual products exempt from VAT. In 2016, she was named one of the Observer’s and Nesta’s New Radicals.