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BOOK LAUNCH: Disturbing the Body, with Abi Hynes and Irenosen Okojie

Thursday March 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm GMT

Three feminist bookshops have joined forces with Boudicca Press to celebrate ​Disturbing The Body​, a subversive collection of speculative memoir about misbehaving bodies.

Disturbing The Body Body ​will launch across three nights, with​ Lighthouse, Five Leaves ​and Housmans​ bookshops each hosting a new pairing of writers.

The ambitious three-part launch reflects the creativity and character of radical bookshops and the scope of this phenomenal anthology. Taking readers on a bookish journey the length of the country, it exemplifies theways indies have rallied for each other and for independent presses during the pandemic.

The three-part launch picks out common threads from the book to give you the following:

23rd March with Lighthouse (Edinburgh): Chikọdili Emelumadu and Verity Holloway focus on using genre (horror) to explore women’s bodily experiences. Tickets for this event here.

24th with Five Leaves (Nottingham): Louise Kenward and Laura Elliott, on storytelling that explores health, medicine and disability. Tickets for this event here.

25th Housmans (London): Irenosen Okojie and Abi Hynes draw on their stories, the uncanny and fantastical, to explore feminism and body politics. For tickets for this event, please see below.


Abi Hynes is a drama and fiction writer based in Manchester. Her plays have been staged in venues across the UK, and she is currently working on original audio drama and TV projects. Her short stories have been widely published, most recently in Black Static, Lucent Dreaming and Neon Magazine, and she was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Novella-in-Flash Award in 2018. She won the Cambridge Short Story Prize in 2020.

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post, amongst other publications. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular, published by Jacaranda Books, was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her new collection of stories, Nudibranch published by Little Brown’s Dialogue Books, was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize. She is the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for Fiction for her story, ‘Grace Jones’. www.irenosenokojie.com Twitter: @IrenosenOkojie

About Boudicca Press
Boudicca Press is an independent publisher who celebrates the strength, courage and literary talents of women. They publish weird, literary and relationship fiction by women in the UK.


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There are three available tickets for this event: if you’d like a copy of the book then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support Housmans then please consider buying a solidarity ticket at £3. There’s also a free access ticket for students and unwaged comrades.


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