New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

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New Sun

A bookfair and day of talks, workshops and screenings, exploring contemporary feminism through the lens of mythology.

'There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns' - Octavia Butler

Inspired by African-American author Octavia Butler's last epigraph, New Suns welcomes writers, artists, academics, poets and audiences to explore contemporary feminism through the lens of mythology and current myth-making. 

Recent events including the global Women’s March protests have created an explosion of energy, raising many questions around power, justice and solidarity. New Suns will make space for discussion on those topics and others - as varied as the #MeToo movement, occult poetry, bodies and sex work. 

In the spirit of the 1980s international feminist bookfairs, there will be over thirty stalls to explore across the centre, and selected events for free. 

New Suns was conceived by Sarah Shin and programmed in partnership with the Barbican.

Image credit: Rowan Powell ft. painting by Zadie Xa

Part of The Art of Change

Our 2018 season explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

Book Stalls

Explore the New Suns book fair for free, featuring: 

3 of Cups, And Other Stories, Book Works, Carcanet, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Granta Books and Magazine, Hachette (including Virago, Gollancz, Headline, Dialogue), Hammer Press, Haymarket Books, Ignota Books, Independent Alliance, Peninsular Press, Parthian, Penguin Random House (including Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Press, Allen Lane, Ebury), Pluto Press, PM Press, Profile and Serpent's Tail, PSS, Repeater Books, Semiotexte and MIT Press, Silver Press, The Second Shelf, Tilted Axis Press, Verso Books, Zed Books

Inpress, representing:
Arachne Press, Arc Publications, Burning Eye Books, Charco Press, Cinnamon Press, clinic, Dead Ink, Jacaranda Books, Les Fugitives, Nine Arches Press, Offord Road Books, Out-Spoken Press, Papillote Press, Peepal Tree Press, Peepal Tree Press, Penned in the Margins, Seren, Sidekick Books, Smokestack Books, The Emma Press, The Poetry Business, Tilted Axis Press, UEA Publishing Project (Boiler House Press & Strangers Press), Ugly Duckling Presse, Valley Press, Wrecking Ball Press

Turnaround, representing:
Arsenal Pulp Press, Autonomedia, BHP Comics, Centrala, Disney-Hyperion, Europa Editions, Fantagraphics, Feminist Press, Guerilla Girls, Honno, I Love Mel, Melville House, Microcosm Publishing, Myriad Editions, New Internationalist, Penguin USA, Plume, PM Press, POW!, Random House Canada, Razorbill, Seven Stories Press

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