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Writing female rage: before and after #MeToo - Book to the Future Festival

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Katie Lowe discusses her debut novel and female rage, both before, and after #MeToo.

Katie Lowe is an alumna of the University of Birmingham, returning in September 2019 to complete a PhD on female rage in literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing. Her first novel, The Furies, is published by HarperCollins in the UK and Australia, and is soon to be published by Macmillan in the US, followed by a further eight languages in translation.

The novel focuses on a group of teenage girls, on a school campus inspired by the University of Birmingham – with “advanced study” lessons taking place in the clock tower, where they learn about female rage and revenge in art history, Greek myth, and literature.

Described as The Secret History meets The Craft, The Furies was pre-empted by publishers in the UK two weeks before the allegations against filmmaker Harvey Weinstein first appeared in the New York Times – with the US auction closing on the same day the article was published.

Since then, the conversation around female anger has changed – brought to the forefront of the public consciousness by the #MeToo movement, which has provided a language for a profound frustration which has been felt, by women, for decades.

With her novel written prior to, but published in the aftermath of, the #MeToo movement, Katie will discuss the development and publication of her own novel, while also exploring some of the many contemporary writers that use female rage as their subject, both before, and after #MeToo.