Join us for an evening with Danielle Pender and Sirin Kale, who will be discussing Danielle's debut collection of stories, Watching Women & Girls.
When you look at a woman, what do you see?
In Watching Women & Girls, a wedding day brings back memories of sisterhood and betrayals; a motorway service station burger bar is the site of explosive violence, but also strange bonds; a trip home forces a reminder of a life-changing, lost friendship; a woman confronts her own infidelity; an artist celebrates a life spent in observation.
This debut collection movingly explores how women and girls are looked at, look at one another, and look at themselves, and how living as an object can shape their passions, fears, and joys. With a clear eye and dark humour, Danielle Pender considers sex, parenting, grief and class as lenses for the ways in which the world watches women — and how women are always watching back.
‘A page-flipping joy of a read. Pender is a generous writer and observer of society who incisively captures what it is to be a woman in our times', CHARLOTTE JANSEN, AUTHOR OF GIRL ON GIRL
‘Smart and astute, funny and wry; a catalogue of the modern conditions of dating, working and being. It encouraged me to pay more attention to the world around me and the secret lives of those in it’, AMELIA ABRAHAM, AUTHOR OF QUEER INTENTIONS
‘A beautifully written exploration of woman and girlhood, with all of its contradictions and quirks. Danielle is a sharp new talent’, SIRIN KALE
Don't forget to include a copy of the book with your ticket. Books will also be available to purchase on the night.
Born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Danielle gained her BA in History of Modern Art, Design & Film at Northumbria University and MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. In 2013 she founded Riposte, a bi-annual print publication that offers a diverse and nuanced reflection on the lives of modern women which has attracted a loyal readership and following world-wide. She has written for other publications including Refinery29, It’s Nice That, Apartamento, amongst others. She currently lives in London with her husband and daughter. This is her debut collection of short stories.@DaniellePender
Sirin Kale is a feature writer for the Guardian. She was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for her 2020 long-form Guardian series Lost to the Virus, about the lives lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021 she won a British Journalism Award for her investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the actor and director Noel Clarke, which triggered a Me Too movement in the British film and TV industry. She has interviewed Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai for British Vogue, her long reads on dropshipping and aeroplane stowaways have been selected as must-reads by Longform, and she has lectured on journalism at universities including UAL, LSE, and the University of Nottingham.@thedalstonyears