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The Elementary Sisterhood are a unique women’s writing collective, who have banded together to provide a support network for female writers in the North East. Founded by copy editor and writer Victoria Watson last year, the Sisterhood aims to increase women’s confidence in their writing. She explains they have been spurred on by the anniversary of women’s suffrage and the #MeToo movement. “As well as the lack of opportunities for women in publishing – especially in the North East, where we all hail from. These were amazing steps, showing that when women stand together, we can move mountains.”

The group will launch an anthology of their short stories at North Shields’ Old Low Light Heritage Centre on Saturday 23rd June at an event which will celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage, with all proceeds from the sale of the book donated to Newcastle’s Women’s Aid. Stories included in the anthology cover a vast range of genres, and all explore the wide-ranging issues which affect women today. Read about a mermaid who befriends a girl who reads her stories, a tap-dancing octogenarian, a gutsy woman who battles Lupus and a tale about a murderous female friendship. “I am so proud of every piece in this anthology.” Says editor Emma Whitehall. “The wonderful, emotional, messy thing that is female friendship is navigated beautifully in these ten stories.”

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