Meet ROAR

Founded in 2016, ROAR stands for Represent, Object, Advocate, Rewrite.

ROAR is a group working to combat inequality in Scottish writing and publishing. More details on the group will be available soon.

Upcoming activities with ROAR:

Thursday 23rd August, Take Over Tent, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 11am to 12.30pm

Time To ROAR: Time is up on gender inequality in Scottish Literature with ROAR advocacy group​. Looking into gender inequality in Scottish writing and publishing, holding Scottish literature to account. Join us for the launch of new statistics reflecting the state of Scottish literature, followed by hands-on activities. We want to know what’s important to you, what barriers you have encountered, and what we could all do to make things better. Hosted by author, critic and editor Dr Lesley McDowell and doctoral researcher Christina Neuwirth. Find out more about the Take Over Tent for Revolting Women here.

Saturday 25th August, Take Over Tent, Edinburgh International Book Festival, 4pm to 6pm

Time To ROAR: Time is up on gender inequality in Scottish Literature​ with ROAR advocacy group. Join us for a passionate discussion of issues affecting women writers today, from how women are marketed, to how many are put forward for prizes, to reviews of their work and representation at festivals. In the chair will be author and critic Lesley McDowell, with Nyla Ahmad of BHP Comics, Lee Randall of Granite Noir crime festival and Mairi Oliver from The Lighthouse bookshop. Find out more about the Take Over Tent for Revolting Women here.

Who is ROAR?
Current members:
Caitrin Armstrong (Scottish Book Trust)
Jenni Calder (Scottish PEN)
Angie Crawford (Waterstones)
Mairi Kidd (Creative Scotland)
Wendy Kirk (Glasgow Women’s Library)
Jenny Kumar (Literature Alliance Scotland)
Katy Lockwood-Holmes (Floris Books)
Lesley McDowell (author, critic, editor)
Judy Moir (literary agent)
Sophie Moxon (Edinburgh International Book Festival)
Christina Neuwirth (University of Stirling, University of Glasgow, Scottish Book Trust)
Jenny Niven (Creative Scotland)
Mairi Oliver (Lighthouse Bookshop)
Elizabeth Reeder (University of Glasgow, Scottish PEN)
Shari Sabeti (University of Edinburgh)
Claire Squires (University of Stirling)
Adele Patrick (Glasgow Women’s Library)

Get in touch! Christina Neuwirth: christina.neuwirth1@stir.ac.uk​

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