Women of the World 2011

11 Mar 2011 - 13 Mar 2011
2011 saw the launch of the groundbreaking new Women of the World festival. WOW 2011 was a joyous celebration of the formidable strength and inventiveness of women.

The first ever WOW festival aimed to present, recognise and celebrate women and act as a conversation space for issues of all kinds. 

Contributors included Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Shami Chakrabarti, Imogen Heap, Bianca Jagger, Annie Lennox, Dr Precious Lunga, Sandi Toksvig and Sue Perkins. 

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Listen to Anna Burns discuss her Man Booker award-winning novel, Milkman
Read a short interview with the television presenter and comedian
Enjoy a very condensed version of Homer’s epic poem
From model to expert in animal behaviour, the remarkable career of this unique actress
Read an extract from Churchwell’s new book, Behold, America
The author discusses her debut book Ponti and taking The Odyssey away from the male gaze
How an increase in prizes is helping bring through more diverse voices
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
The creative producer and director of Circus 1903 explain the show’s origins in this video trailer
The six authors read live from their shortlisted novels in this special podcast recording
Enjoy a special preview trailer of the performance
Take our interactive quiz to find out who you’d be in Homer’s epic poem
Enjoy a Spotify playlist of music crafted by the man behind the sound of the 1980s
The author on nature, writing, nostalgia, the 1930s and visions of England then and now
Isabella Rossellini, her dog Pan, and a collection of child’s toys. Welcome to a circus like no other
Yep, it's that time already. Discover ways to keep your little ones entertained, with us
Chosen by the National Poetry Library especially for the occasion
Find out why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’, in this video
From living in exile to appearing in films, the author’s remarkable story

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WOW stories

podcast
Author Laura Bates and an expert team take on some of the stereotypes, double standards and downright stupidity facing young women today
video
Watch actress and filmmaker Salma Hayek Pinault present a keynote speech at WOW festival