Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women’s Library’s Lifelong Learning and Creative Development Manager, is a Guest Selector at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. In her role as Guest Selector, Adele asked women writers appearing at the Festival for playlists of songs by women that empower, inspire and get their creative juices flowing. Below, Adele explains more about the Revolting Women playlists.
Being asked to be a guest selector for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival was hugely exciting but daunting too. When your world is awash with books, readers, creatives, and thinking about the ways that the cultural world could be opened up further to people, honing a strand was a delicious and tortuous process. I had ambitions from the outset to incorporate music into the mix. Could we have Bjork talking to Missy Elliot (I know the former loves the latter), could we have elders like Peggy Seeger jamming with Karine Polwart? What about the plethora of women musicians writing about their creative lives; or writers who incorporate music in their prose and poetry, from Jackie Kay to Zadie Smith, reading at a Herland-style gathering where the music from their works could be performed live…?
All of these musings have been distilled into the Revolting Women playlists and I am thrilled with the outcome. Author appearing at Edinburgh International Book Festival were asked for playlists of songs by women that empower, inspire and get their creative juices flowing. This mosaic of marvelous music shared by authors, and women who are active in this year’s Festival is fascinating, revelatory, inspiring and something that will add colour and flavour to many of the events taking place this year. The playlists can be enjoyed online by those that for whatever reason can’t make it to Edinburgh and will be a lasting aural snapshot (hopefully added to by GWL) of the importance of music in the lives of women writing today.
You can take a listen to my own playlist here.
Please note, we’re currently in the process of adding all of the playlists by the authors below to our Spotify account. There are some playlists that you can listen to right away but check back soon to access the complete list. All playlists will be uploaded by the start of Edinburgh International Book Festival on Saturday 11th August.
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Elisabeth Åsbrink Jakobsen
Kirsten Carter McKee
Leanda de Lisle
Helen de Main
Mandy de Waal
Rebecca Gayle Howell
M G Leonard
Beldina Odenyo Onassis