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OurShelves Podcast

Released fortnightly, OurShelves is a place where writers from the legendary feminist publishing house Virago will talk about their cultural worlds. Host Lucy Scholes will be diving into writers’ bookshelves, record collections and recollections to discover what inspires them.

OurShelves with special guest Austin Channing Brown

  Who is your feminism for? Austin Channing Brown was named by parents who deliberately wanted people to presume their daughter was a white man when applying for jobs. Now a speaker and writer working […]

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OurShelves with special guest Chibundu Onuzo

  What can we learn from African women’s movements? If you knew about the women who fought a freedom war in 1914 Nigeria, would it alter your view of feminist history? Chibundu Onuzo, award-winning author […]

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OurShelves with special guest C Pam Zhang

  How can you create your own world when this one doesn’t serve you? Join as we radically restructure myths, stories and genres – from the American West to fairy tales and nineties pop icons. […]

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OurShelves with special guest R.O. Kwon

  How can reading rewire your brain? After a childhood spent calling Henry James her ‘dude’ and Evelyn Waugh her ‘friend’ R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries, talks to Lucy Scholes about how determinedly […]

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OurShelves with special guest Justine Cowan

  How can you be a strong woman in a world that’s not built for you? Justine Cowan is an attorney used to fighting environmental cases against huge corporations but writing about her mother’s childhood […]

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OurShelves with special guest Riva Leher

  What do monsters do for us? Join Lucy Scholes for a powerful conversation with Riva Lehrer, artist, activist and author of Golem Girl, her beautifully illustrated memoir about living with disability. From the history […]

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OurShelves with special guest Daisy Johnson

How do you balance motherhood and creativity? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Daisy Johnson, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Fen, Everything Under and Sisters, on rewriting the haunted house, why women are expected […]

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OurShelves with special guest Sigrid Nunez

How do you overcome criticism? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Sigrid Nunez, author of eight novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, Salvation City, The […]

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OurShelves with special guest Melatu Uche Okorie

  Whose narrative do you believe? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Melatu Uche Okorie, author of This Hostel Life. Lucy and Melatu discuss Milkman by Anna Burns, Rosa Parks and the importance […]

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OurShelves with special guest Irenosen Okojie

  Do you have the courage to try again? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes chats to Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish; Speak Gigantular, Nudibranch and contributor to the short story collection Hag, […]

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OurShelves with special guest Liv Little

  What is the first book you saw yourself in? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Liv Little, CEO and founder of Gal-Dem, the award-winning online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives […]

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OurShelves with special guest Linda Grant

  How can we reconsider failure? In this episode of OurShelves Lucy Scholes interviews Linda Grant, a multi-award-winning author whose latest novel, A Stranger City, is out now in paperback. In this episode Lucy and […]

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