Hello and welcome back to All the World's a Stage!
I have some VERY exciting news on the blog front! Some of you may remember, some of you may not, that a little less than a year ago I shared on twitter a website titled '100 Voices for 100 Years’. This was a podcast site that shared interviews with 100 different female identifying writers over the course of 100 days to celebrate the centenary of the Women's vote. It asked each of them simply to talk on the subject of “Something I have achieved.” I shared it multiple times over the course of the project, launched to celebrate the writers in light of celebrating 100 years since SOME women were given the right to vote in 1917. You can find the podcast on the Apple podcast app or via the website here.
The first time I became aware of the project was with the episode featuring previous 'Deeds Not Words' blog series guest; Viv Buckley. I was thrilled to hear when listening to the episode, Viv mention my series and ponder around the question I asked "If you were alive a hundred years ago, would you be a suffragette?" as the focus of her episode. Obviously I was chuffed and was very excited to share this so I then followed along with each day’s entry in turn, hearing the stories of a variation of different women from award-winning novelists to theatre makers, short-story writers, bloggers and poets. It became a little daily habit for me during the early months of last year, a daily boost of female inspiration. I was then, as you can imagine, SUPER thrilled to shortly after chat with Miranda Roszkowski, author and facilitator of the project, and to be included in the project myself. My piece on my blog series "Deeds Not Words”; Women Who Inspire in the Arts and Politics" was then shared on the podcast on the 4th May 2018. You can listen to my piece here.
An exciting cohort to suddenly be involved in, I was very proud to be a small part of the podcast which concluded mid may last year. The email that followed several months later was even more exciting; an unexpected development which has finally come to fruition.
That project is now being made into a book! And we need your help to make it happen! ‘Unbound’ has selected and approved ‘100 Voices’ and now has launched a site with the aim to fund the publication of it. For those who have never heard of the site ‘Unbound’, it is basically a crowd-funding site specifically for books, where pledges can be made to get elected books to publication. With each pledge, once the target is reached, you receive a book of your own, compiled of each of the 100 women’s personal stories of achievement. Check out the 'Unbound' site here.
The site itself states:
“100 years after getting the Vote, 100 female writers share their story.
6th February 2018 marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which allowed the first women the right to the vote in the UK. We've come along way in a hundred years, but we could go further. 100 voices for 100 years throws the spotlight on narratives created and told by women. The project brings together a diverse community of female identifying writers and storytellers from around the country. Each has volunteered to share a 3-5 minute story from their lives. They were published, one a day, over the period of 100 days. The resulting collection is a treasure trove of thoughts on what it is like to be a woman in the UK in 2018. The stories are as varied as the women involved in the project; funny, profound, everyday, life changing. All of them inspiring. “
So please, it would mean a lot to me and all the women involved, if you could take the time to share the project and even more so, if you are in a position to do so, make a pledge. Each backer gets a copy when the target is reached. A hardback bespoke first edition!
Now 101 years after the first women in the UK could vote, this powerful collection of true stories features moving, comic and inspiring accounts by 100 female writers from around the country.
So please, kick off your International Women’s Week 2019 by pledging to take these 100 Voices further, to print.