I'm delighted and moved to find that today the @read_women Twitter account reached 10,000 followers.
When I started the campaign at the beginning of 2014 I hardly expected it to continue past January, never mind to the end of the year and beyond. Since then it's gained press coverage around the world and has sparked events at literary festivals including Luminato in Canada and Mountains to Sea in Ireland. It has had massive support from booksellers, publishers (especially Hamish Hamilton who let me guest-edit an all-women 2-part edition of its magazine Five Dials), libraries, universities and schools and, most importantly from writers and readers.
I hope to be able to post news soon about a very exciting new venture for @read_women. In the meantime I'm honoured to be able to use the Twitter account to keep the conversation open and, above all to celebrate writing by women.
To celebrate #readwomen10k, the wonderful independent publisher Miel has offered two generous prize bundles of innovative and beautifully-produced chapbooks by women writers, plus two copies of Lisa Solomon's gorgeous Hand/Made.