An evening of conversation between writing collaborators uncovering women's histories brought to you by 5x15. A double bill of literary co-authors will discuss their work, the power of partnership and uncover the little known stories of women writers and cartoonists proving that humour and friendship have always been the preserve of women.
Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate are the authors of The Inking Woman: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain. Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf.
The Inking Woman is groundbreaking picture-led celebration of the work of over 100 named British artists, and a few more anonymous ones, revealing a wealth of women’s wit and insight spanning 250 years. Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate demonstrate that women have always had a wicked sense of humour and a perceptive view of the world - the world of cartoons and comics has been seen as a male preserve - but the reality is that women have been drawing and publishing cartoons for longer than most people realise.
Writer friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are the authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf. Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world’s best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Emily and Emma prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations.
Cath Tate set up Cath Tate Cards in the early 1980s initially to produce political and feminist postcards. Her popular series of thematic gift books, ‘The wit and wisdom of Cath Tate’, is based on her collection of vintage photographs. Nicola Streeten is an illustrator and graphic novelist and the author of the acclaimed graphic memoir Billy, You and Me.
Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney co-run SomethingRhymed.com, a website that celebrates female literary friendship. They have written for the likes of the Washington Post, The Paris Review and TIME. Emily is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, Emma is author of the award-winning novel Owl Song at Dawn, and they both teach at New York University in London.