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A fully up to date listing of where you can meet Portobello Books authors in the coming months.

May

09/05/2015, 7.30PM
Caroline Lucas: Election 2015
How was it for you? A Brighton Festival Exclusive Introduced by Ali Smith and chaired by Polly Toynbee - the Guardian's political columnist and author of Cameron's Coup. Joined by leading politicians on a panel including the director of Liberty and author Shami Chakrabarti and the chief political columnist of The Independent Steve Richards they will dissect, digest and debate the General Election which will have taken place just two days earlier. Has the result been good for Britain? How has the political landscape changed? What can we expect from the government over the course of the next five years? This is your chance to come and join the conversation.
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE

17/05/2015, 8.00PM
Masha Gessen: The Harriet Martineau Lecture
Introduced by Ali Smith Celebrated Russian-American journalist, author and activist Masha Gessen is world-renowned for her outspoken opposition to Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and as Russia's leading LGBT rights activist. At one stage she was, in her own words, 'probably the only publicly out gay person in the whole of Russia'. Her latest book, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot, is an investigation into the origins and motivations of the dissident art-punk group that made headlines around the world. An exploration of freedom of speech and investigative journalism.
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UE
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17/05/2015, 2.00PM - 3.00PM
Caroline Criado-Perez
Come and hear from one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of our generation and celebrate the world's pioneering women, on day two of the Literary Festival in a Weekend, at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Caroline Criado-Perez, named one of The Guardian's People of the Year, is the woman who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system. Presenting from her brand new book Do it Like a Woman, hear Caroline tell her story of campaigning for women's rights and dealing with cyber backlash. She encompasses in her book and discussion women across the world from the female fighter pilot in Afghanistan who escaped from the Taliban to the anti-FGM campaigners in the UK. Do it Like a Woman is a celebration of private heroisms and public triumphs, and is an inspiring manifesto for women everywhere. During the event Caroline will read from her book as well as discuss and engage with a number of its most prevalent themes. She will also be available for book signings at the end of the event.
The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, 12 The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DH
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18/05/2015, 7.00PM
Do It Like A Woman: Caroline Criado-Perez in Conversation with Bridget Christie
Caroline Criado-Perez, the feminist activist and journalist who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system, talks to the comedian Bridget Christie about her first book, Do It Like A Woman: ... And Change the World. In what will be an entertaining and empowering evening, Caroline Criado-Perez and Bridget Christie will introduce you to the new, dynamic feminism of the 21st century, in a celebration of women's rights activists from around the world that will inspire you to do it like a woman. Do It Like A Woman is a celebration of private heroisms and public triumphs, and an inspiring manifesto for women everywhere.
Kings Place, (Hall One), 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
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18/05/2015, 7.30PM - 8.30PM
On Parliament, Activism, and Change with Caroline Lucas
Want access to secret workings of parliamentary life? Reading from her book, Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change, Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas will reveal what happens on the inside and discusses why we are so badly governed, and what we can do about it. Join this unique politician and activist for an evening exploring the workings of Westminster and her bold and practical plans for change - from the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration. Taking place just after the general election, this event is a great opportunity to evaluate the green parties' vast surge in popularity and to look at the times ahead in light of the election's events and outcome. Caroline will also be taking your questions and comments, and signing books at the end of the event.
The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, 12 The Close, Norwich, NW1 4DH
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21/05/2015, 3.30PM
Political Pioneers: Anita Anand, Caroline Lucas and Abi Morgan at the Charleston Festival
Suffragettes, as well as issues of female and minority political power, are in the air. Anita Anand, BBC Radio presenter, has unearthed a fascinating tale of privilege, protest and Punjabi history. The resulting book, Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary, tells the story of an Indian princess who became a leading figure in the fight for Indian independence and the UK suffragette movement. Caroline Lucas' Honourable Friends: Parliament and the Fight for Change is a revealing account of the workings behind Westminster from the perspective of the first Green Party MP, several times voted as the UK's most ethical politician. Chaired by Abi Morgan, playwright and screenwriter of The Iron Lady and Suffragette, to be released this year.
Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL
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23/05/2015, 5.30PM - 6.30PM
Caroline Criado-Perez discusses 'Do It Like A Woman' at the Bristol Festival of Ideas
Every day, all around the world, women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male. Caroline Criado-Perez, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation, introduces us to some of these pioneering women. She talks about the first woman to cross the Antarctic alone; a female fighter pilot in Afghanistan; a climate change activist who scaled new heights; a Chilean revolutionary turned politician; the Russian punks who rocked out against Putin; and the Iranian journalist who dared to uncover her hair. She talks about these inspirational women as well as her own work.
Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX
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23/05/2015, 11.30AM
Caroline Criado-Perez, author of 'Do It Like A Woman' talks to Rosie Boycott
From Chilean revolutionaries and Russian punks to Iranian journalists, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation introduces inspiring stories from all around the world. Women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.
Oxfam Moot, Hay Festival, Hay Festival, Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ
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26/05/2015, 7.00PM
Feminomics - What if Women Ruled the World? with Katrine Marcal and Caroline Criado-Perez
Selma James, Co-Founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign, Maggie O'Carroll, CEO of The Women's Organisation, Katrine Marcal Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner and Caroline Criado-Perez Do it like a Woman, campaigner to Keep Women on British Bank Notes, discuss how the economy would be shaped if women ruled the world. Selma James was born in Brooklyn, New York City and is founder of the International Wages for Housework Campaign and author of The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community, and Sex, Race, and Class - the Perspective of Winning. In 1952 she wrote the classic A Woman's Place, first published as a column in Correspondence, a bi-weekly newspaper written and edited by its readers with an audience of mainly working-class people. Unusually at the time, the newspaper had pages dedicated to giving women, young people and Black people an autonomous voice. James was a regular columnist and edited the Women's Page. In 1955 she came to Britain to marry C.L.R James, who had been deported from the United States during the McCarthy Period. They were together for 25 years and were close political colleagues. From 1958 to 1962 James lived in Trinidad where, with C. L. R. James, she was active in the movement for West Indian independence and federation. Returning to Britain after independence, she became the first organising secretary of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination in 1965, and a founding member of the Black Regional Action Movement and editor of its journal in 1969. Selma has also written the introduction to Ujamaa - The hidden story of Tanzania's socialist villages, by Ralph Ibbott. Selma will also be speaking on behalf for one of the founding campaigners of Wages for Housework campaign, Eleanor Rathbone. Joining her is Maggie O'Carroll who started The Women's Organisation in 1996 to promote female enterprise policy and practice having identified it as a huge untapped entrepreneurial market for the UK. She has led the businesses development as an award winning social enterprise and it is now the largest and most successful dedicated Women's Business Support Charity and Social Business in the UK. She is responsible for the overall strategic development of the business and has recently led the creation of a £5.3m International Centre for Women's Enterprise Development in Liverpool. Maggie is actively involved in female economic development policy influencing on an international, national and regional basis and is Chair of the UK Women's Enterprise Policy Group and a member of the Women's Budget Group. She is a Business graduate with a Masters in Community Enterprise from the Judge Business School, Cambridge University. Maggie has lectured on a part time at Liverpool University Management School on Entrepreneurship and Liverpool John Moores University, on Measuring Social Impact within their Masters in Social and Community Enterprise programmes. She is an Entrepreneurial Scholar in residence at Simmon's Collage, Boston, USA. She is also currently chairperson of Vivark Ltd, a local social enterprise with over 250 employees a multimillion turnover and a group board member of First Ark, a registered social housing provider with over 13,000 properties in Knowsley. She is a regular contributor to conferences in the UK, and abroad, on issues relating to women's education, employment, entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Next up is Swedish-born, Katrine Marcal who is a vocal commentator on the new economic movement called 'virtuous banking' and the lead editorial writer for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, where she writes articles on international politics, economics and feminism. Her latest book, Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner? which was shortlisted for the August Prize and won the Lagercrantzen Award, charts the myth of 'economic man' - from its origins at Adam Smith's dinner table to its adaptation by the Chicago School and finally its detrimental role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Katrine Marcal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all. And last, but certainly not least is British Journalist (The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Independent and the New Statesman), feminist activist and Brazillian-born, Caroline Criado-Perez . In 2013, she won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award and was named one of the Guardian's People of the Year. She has been involved in campaigns for women to gain better representation in the British media and to be depicted on banknotes. Her efforts in part led to a decision by the Bank of England to review the selection process for future banknotes. Since this decision, the Bank of England announced in July 2013 that the image of Jane Austin will appear on the £10 note by around 2017. Caroline will be discussing her latest book, Do It Like A Woman in which Caroline introduces us to some of the world's most pioneering women to date.
The Woman's Organisation, 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

27/05/2015, 8.00PM - 9.00PM
Caroline Lucas discusses 'Honourable Friends?' at the Bristol Festival of Ideas
In 2010 Caroline Lucas gained access to the country's most exclusive club - Parliament - and became a witness to its absurdities, inefficiencies and uniquely baffling customs. As a woman, and as the only Green MP in the 2010-2015 parliament Lucas is an outsider in an elitist member's club fossilized by tradition and self-interest, fighting for change. She describes what it is like to defend the interests of her constituents, to challenge the establishment and to balance the demands of work and family with a radical political mission.
Bristol Festival of Ideas, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB
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28/05/2015, 8.30PM
Caroline Lucas discusses 'Honourable Friends?' at the Hay Literary Festival
From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration, Honourable Friends? tells the story of five years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system. Caroline Lucas is MP for Brighton Pavilion (at time of writing). She was the leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012 and was voted MP of the Year in 2014. Caroline talks to Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.
Hay Literary Festival, Starlight Stage, Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ
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28/05/2015
Katrine Marçal discusses 'Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?' at the Hay Literary Festival
When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life 'economic man'. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that's because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Marçal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.
Hay Literary Festival, Oxfam Moot, Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ
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30/05/2015, 9.00AM - 6.00PM
Caroline Criado-Perez: TEDxCoventGardenWomen
TEDxCoventGardenWomen is London's leading event for sharing and addressing some of the most pressing issues relating to gender and women today. Drawing on the unique visions and lived experiences of our diverse network of international speakers, we hope to inspire, provoke and change perspectives - as well as tell some compelling stories! From innovations and technologies to arts and cultures, we provide an inclusive, engaging and transformative platform that sheds light on different realities through ideas worth spreading. Find your Momentum This year, TEDxCoventGardenWomen is focused on the theme of Momentum - sharing the bold ideas that sustain motion and send waves through the way we think, work and live. From the sparks of inspiration that get us going, to the deep-rooted motivations that help us stay the path, this year's event celebrates the moving power of momentum as a force for change. Read more about TED events below. Want to positively impact the lives of women and girls around the world? Be part of our community of passionate changemakers by joining our mailing list and keeping in touch with us on Facebook. and Twitter
Museum of London, Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5NH
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June

03/06/2015, 6.30PM - 8PM
Do it Like a Woman: contemporary feminist activism and how you can change the world
A lecture by the woman who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system, Caroline Criado-Perez, who will celebrate women's rights activists from around the world to inspire you to get out there and change it for the better. Caroline Criado-Perez (@CCriadoPerez) is a British journalist and feminist activist. In 2013, she won the Liberty Human Rights Campaigner of the Year Award and was named one of the Guardian's People of the Year. This event marks the publication of Caroline's new book, Do it Like a Woman. Julia Black is Pro-Director for Research and a Professor Law at LSE.
London School of Economics, Old Theatre, Old Building, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

19/06/2015, 10.00AM - 11.15AM
Financial Austerity: Winners and Losers - Katrine Marçal discusses 'Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?
Introduction by Julia Unwin, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Keynote by Katrine Marçal, author of Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner Followed by a panel discussion with: Patrick Minford Zoe Williams, The Guardian Gulcin Ozkan, University of York Katrine Marçal, Author of Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner Chair: Jonathan Derbyshire, Prospect Magazine
York Festival of Ideas, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
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