Write Like a Girl was our exciting Heritage Lottery funded project celebrating the work of Nottingham’s female writers throughout history.

We recognised the contribution of local heroes such as DH Lawrence, Lord Byron and Alan Sillitoe to the city’s cultural history, however we wanted to dig deeper to learn more about our female literary inheritance. And so, we worked with writers from five diverse groups in Nottingham to create new work inspired by these women.

The project focused on the lives and work of historical women Mary Howitt, Susannah Wright, Helen Cresswell, Dorothy Whipple and contemporary poet, Panya Banjoko, and partnered with local organisations Bromley House Library, Maggie’s Cancer Centre, RISE Learning Zone, Nottingham Black Archive and World Jam.

‘Write Like A Girl ‘ was open to all, and participants joined a series of workshops led by award-winning writer Helen Cross. The new work created was inspired by the women we focused on in the project, and invited to be in any form; poetry, story story, script, lyric and beyond!

All the writing created during the project was then collected for the ‘Write Like A Girl’ anthology, launched in a celebratory event at New Art Exchange Nottingham in April 2019.  

If you’d like to purchase a copy of the limited edition anthology, email admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk