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Ursula Le Guin’s Space Crone: So Mayer, Irenosen Okojie and Kate Hardie in conversation

Library Lates: Ursula Le Guin's Space Crone

Join So Mayer, Irenosen Okojie and Kate Hardie, as they discuss Ursula Le Guin's Space Crone, a new collection celebrating Le Guin's writings on feminism and gender.

Ursula K. Le Guin witnessed the rebellions and upheavals of the twentieth century, including women’s liberation, the civil rights movement and anti-war and environmental activism. Space Crone, edited and introduced by So Mayer and Sarah Shin, brings together Le Guin’s writings on feminism and gender for the first time, including speeches, essays and stories.

To offer new insights into her imaginative, multispecies feminist consciousness – from its roots in her ecological and anti-war concerns, to her self-education about racism and her writing on motherhood and ageing – So Mayer will be in conversation with Irenosen Okojie and Kate Hardie.

So Mayer

So Mayer is a writer, bookseller, organiser and film curator. Their first collection of short stories, Truth or Dare, is out from Cipher Press in July 2023. Their most recent book is A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing, a book-length essay on queer films, bodies and fascism for Peninsula Press, and their most recent collaborative projects are Space Crone by Ursula K. Le Guin (Silver Press), The Film We Can't See (BBC Sounds), Unreal Sex (Cipher Press), and Mothers of Invention: Film, Media and Caregiving Labor. So works with Burley Fisher Books and queer feminist film curation collective Club Des Femmes. 🐦@Such_Mayer.

Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British author whose work pushes the boundaries of form, language, and ideas. Her novel Butterfly Fish, and short story collections, Speak Gigantular and Nudibranch, have won and been nominated for multiple awards. Her journalism has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. She co-presents the BBC's Turn Up For The Books podcast alongside Simon Savidge and Bastille frontman, Dan Smith. Vice Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, she was awarded an MBE For Services to Literature in 2021.  

Kate Hardie

Kate Hardie left school aged 14 -mainly to leave school- but on doing so she stumbled into a career as an actress, one which she recently officially retired from, choosing to focus on her writing and directing.  She has also taught screen acting, film making and lectured and advised on representation and diversity within the Film industry.  Her debut novel This Is Where We Live will be published in 2023 by 4th Estate. 

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