All in Heroines

Review: Tessa Coates, Primates

Tessa Coates - sketch comic extraordinaire, trio-of-podcasts host and now stand up - unveiled Primates, her debut solo show, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Part-autobiography, part-anthropology lecture (and a whole lot hilarious) Primates has just finished a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre. Harpy was lucky enough to snatch half an hour with Tessa to talk about her experience creating the show.

You, Join the Femmeniste Revolution!

The Femmeniste exhibition will tackle female experiences and issues such as sexual harassment, women's mental health, cat-calling, girl hate and much more, by bringing together spoken word artists, female rappers and dancers, as well as art and photography... Whether you’re an artist, a writer, or just want to spread the word, your input is what will power the revolution! 

Harpy Interviews: Clare Fisher

Clare Fisher’s debut novel All the Good Things has been making quite an impression since its publication by Viking earlier this year. Gerard Woodward, in his review for The Guardian, calls the book “sparky and unsettling”, and praises the clarity of voice in protagonist Beth. For the Leeds writing scene, the novel’s success probably comes as no surprise.

Lyra Belacqua: A Fictional Feminist

The recent publication of Philip Pullman’s ‘The Book of Dust’ brought with it, for me, a wave of nostalgia. Although Lyra Belacqua, the fictional heroine of my youth, features only as a baby, the novel still centres on her. I bought the book and read it within three days, desperate to re-engage with the alluring world of witches, daemons and armoured bears that so captivated me as a child.

Serial Killers and Sequins with Kiri Pritchard-Mclean

Pritchard-Mclean is unafraid to take on subjects that are tricky to navigate, be it trashing serial killers on her podcast, or finding the humour in her experience of volunteering with vulnerable children for her stand-up show Appropriate Adult. What’s brilliant about her is that she is always careful to ensure that her jokes are hitting the right target.