Women of the World 2013

6 Mar 2013 - 10 Mar 2013
Now in its third year, WOW 2013 put a spotlight on the incredible things women do around the world and the obstacles they face every day. It was an opportunity for men and women to get together to discuss everything from war, peace and race to beauty, religion and sex.

2013 Saw the launch of the WOW Parliament, where we asked visitors to vote on a motion that we would take to UK Parliament as well as formulating a message for David Cameron about the UK's stance on violence against women.

Speakers over the course of the festival included Julie Walters, Sarah Brown, Gordon Brown, Hannah Pool, Ruby Wax and Naomi Wolf, amongst many others.

There were debates, screenings, hands-on sessions, Q&As, interviews as well as performances by Mitsuko Uchida, Angelique Kidjo and Susana Baca. The final day included a screening of Alice Walker: A Beauty in Truth, a feature documentary which was followed by a conversation with Alice Walker and the film's director, Pratibha Parmar.

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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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Panel discussion in which women discussed movements in modern African feminism
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Join Mariella Frostrup, Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar in conversation