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Penguin Live in partnership with The British Library are thrilled to present Feminist Fairy Tales: with Malorie Blackman, Kamila Shamsie, Rebecca Solnit and Jeanette Winterson.

Join acclaimed authors Jeanette Winterson, Malorie Blackman, Kamila Shamsie and Rebecca Solnit as they launch a major new series of feminist fairy tale retellings with Vintage Classics.

Fairy tales across the ages have been rich ground for retelling and reframing. With these new tales, Winterson, Blackman, Shamsie and Solnit have created provocative, riveting and urgent stories, suitable for children and adults. These arresting new titles assure that a fairy tale revolution is underway.  

Don’t miss your chance to get an inside look at how Cinderella Liberator, Blueblood, Hansel and Greta and Duckling came into being. The authors will discuss with one another their processes, inspirations and interpretations of long loved classics. For those with a love of fairy tales, and for the incredible authors behind these retellings, come and hear the conversation and put your questions directly to them.

This is a live online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

This event is aimed at an adult audience, although those aged under 16 are welcome to attend.

Please note, tickets for this event are non-refundable.

If you have bought a book with your ticket, you will receive your copy in the 10 days after the event.

  • Blueblood

    A Fairy Tale Revolution

  • Malorie Blackman retells 'Bluebeard'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories. These twists on familiar tales make the perfect Christmas gift.

    'Please don't even try to get down to the basement. Just leave it alone - okay? Otherwise you'll ruin things for both of us...'

    Nia has met the man she wants to marry. Marcus is kind, clever and handsome, with a beard so dark it is nearly blue-black. Nia demands a single promise from him - that Marcus will never enter her study in the basement, her private space.

    But when Marcus's curiosity begins to mount Nia feels more and more uneasy. Will he betray her? Can he accept that no means no? Can a woman ever have a room of her own?

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  • Duckling

    A Fairy Tale Revolution

  • Kamila Shamsie retells 'The Ugly Duckling'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories.

    'A duck unlike other ducks. A raincloud-duck, with the heart of a lion, who struck out into the world on her own...'

    On the farm, some eggs are hatching. A flock of sweet ducklings are popping out. But one duckling looks different from all the others...

    Cast out and all alone, this odd duckling will need all her bravery and curiosity to survive. Her journey is a search for belonging, but what she finds is the right to be different.

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  • Cinderella Liberator

    A Fairy Tale Revolution

  • Rebecca Solnit retells 'Cinderella'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories.

    'She looked like a girl who was evening, and an evening that had become a girl...'

    In the kitchen, in her rags, Cinderella, longs to go to the ball. After all, there is nothing worse than not being invited to the party. Enter her fairy godmother...

    But that is where the familiar story ends. Cinderella's transformation turns out to be much less about ballgowns, glass slippers and carriages, and much more about finding her truest self. Finally free from the kitchen cinders, who will she turn out to be?

    *Recommended for ages 6 and up*

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  • Hansel and Greta

    A Fairy Tale Revolution

  • Jeanette Winterson retells 'Hansel and Gretel'. A Fairy Tale Revolution is here to remix and revive our favourite stories.

    'Deep in the wood'

    Greta lives with her brother Hansel on the edge of a great forest - a forest in danger of destruction.

    GreedyGuts, their aunt, doesn't appreciate Hansel and Greta's plans to replant trees and save the forest. In fact, she thinks they're horrible little vegetarians.

    GreedyGuts doesn't give two hoots about nature. She favours luxury and living it up: eating, shopping and partying hard. And so she hatches a plan to get rid of the meddling, do-gooder kids...deep in the wood.

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