A Digital ThinkIn: the best of this year’s comedy fiction by women

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Duration: 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Status: Completed

The medicinal properties of laughter are well known and a worldwide study of over 18,000 people recently found that reading is the most restful activity any of us can do. Which makes this ThinkIn a highly potent therapy for us all right now. Join the judges from the Comedy Women in Print prize to discover and celebrate the funniest books written by women this year.

Chair: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

Our special guests include:

Helen Lederer, the founder of the Comedy Women in Print Prize. Best known as part of London’s Comedy Store comedians, alongside Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and for her roles in Absolutely Fabulous and Naked Video. She is a comedian, actor and a comedy novelist. Her first novel Losing It, published by Pan Macmillan, was nominated for the PG Wodehouse comedy literary prize.

Emma Kennedy, a judge for this year’s Comedy Women in Print Prize for published novels. She is a best-selling author, actor and screenwriter who has written 12 books, appeared in loads of TV shows including Miranda, Goodness Gracious Me and Not Going Out and as if all that wasn’t enough, she also won Celebrity MasterChef in 2012.

Angela Makholwa is shortlisted for this year’s prize for her novel The Blessed Girl (Bloomsbury Publishing). Born and raised in a township in East Rand, Angela Makholwa is a bestselling South African novelist who started out working as a crime reporter. The case of a real life serial killer who approached Makholwa to write his story inspired her first novel, Red Ink, the first South African crime fiction written by a female black author. Acclaimed for her contribution to African literature, Makholwa is currently based in Johannesburg. The Blessed Girl is her fourth novel.