We are proud to have started the first month-long Festival of Women Writers in the country, and perhaps in the world, right here in Berkshire County MA.
The Festival is a chorale of women’s voices and visions, complete with merry moments of bright humor as well as the dark passages that come into every woman’s life. The notes sounded this first weekend will keep resonating and deepening throughout the entire month.
Opening weekend includes events scheduled from Sheffield to Williamstown, featuring women writers on mothering and creativity, on food and community, on the natural world and on generosity.
On Saturday March 1, our first Festival event, Writing About Place with Kateri Kosek at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Ashley Falls, is one of 16 events in this year’s “special focus,” taking a close look at ways we can make the link between the inner and the outer landscapes we inhabit, healing ourselves as we heal our planetary environment.
Meanwhile, up at the other end of the county in Williamstown, Carolyn Fabricant will host a Food Writing Forum, designed to share pungent writing about a subject vital to both personal pleasure and planetary health: FOOD!
Saturday evening we move back down to Dewey Hall in Sheffield, where Suzi Banks Baum will host her signature Festival event, “Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others,” with lively readings by Janet Elsbach, Jenny Laird, Leigh Strimbeck, Michelle Gillett, Nichole Dupont and Suzi Banks Baum, along with some special guests.
And Sunday will find us in Lenox at The Mount for a presentation by Barbara Bonner on her new book “Inspiring Generosity,” surely a most appropriate topic for opening weekend of a month-long Festival that puts the generosity of Berkshire women writers on continual display.
As rich as this first weekend is, it’s just the beginning! Please visit our Facebook events page, or pick up our beautiful 80-page Festival Program to browse through the entire month’s events—58 in all, at 36 different venues in Berkshire County, featuring more than 150 women writers of all ages and from many walks of life, sharing their perspectives in a glorious chorus of women’s words.
Come listen and sing along with us this month. It’s Festival time now!
Read the program online: