october, 2017

23oct(oct 23)11:00 am(oct 23)11:00 amA Secret Sisterhood - Emily Midorikawa and Emily Claire Sweeney11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX

Event Details

Writer friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney co-run Something Rhymed, a website that celebrates female literary friendship. They have written for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Times. Emily is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, Emma is author of the prize-winning novel Owl Song at Dawn, and they both teach at New York University London.

‘In digging up the forgotten friendships chronicled in A Secret Sisterhood, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have done much service to literary history.’

– Margaret Atwood

‘A Secret Sisterhood offers a clever new perspective on established literary figures. While we may inherit family and circumstances, we get to choose our friends; and those these famous women writers have chosen reveal much that is fresh and fascinating about their lives and their work.’

– Tracy Chevalier

‘Such an important, neglected topic: friendships between women writers and their in influence on one another. It has long been downplayed – at last Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are challenging this, with many fascinating revelations.’

– Jill Dawson

‘A Secret Sisterhood shines a light into an important area of British literary history which has largely been brushed aside and ignored, and helps to redress the marginalisation of serious non-fiction by and about women.’

– Karen Maitland

‘A Secret Sisterhood will help make women’s literary friendships of the past relevant to the present. It is important that today’s young writers and readers do not feel cut off from great writers of the past, disinherited from a rich literary tradition, but can learn from them, be inspired by them.’

– Michèle Roberts


Age 12+

Tickets are also available from Madhatter Bookshop or Vale and Downland Museum.


(Monday) 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


The Beacon

Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BX