Natasha Carthew releases prose-poetry collection with Hypatia Publications

Lucy Nathan
Rights - Fiction Thursday, 17th December 2020

Her first collection in 18 years tackles the challenges of working class women

Hypatia Publications has signed a new collection of prose-poetry by working class writer Natasha Carthew. Publishing in April 2021, the as-yet-untitled work is an interconnected collection of stories tackling the challenges of rural working class women, based on lived experience and founded on 'accurate accounts that mirror each other in the way that working class women have been ignored throughout history'.

Carthew said: "I'm delighted that Hypatia Publications have agreed to publish this ambitious collection; their commitment to the documentation and celebration of women's achievements is second to none. After a career of writing Literary Fiction, it’s great to be back working on such an exciting project that celebrates working class women through knowledge and empowerment. I want to address the challenges that relate to working class women from a low-wage ‘work’ perspective, including childcare, harassment and issues that surround the gender pay gap. I’m interested in the women who are still trying to scratch out a living as cleaners, care assistants, farm and factory workers, laundry workers and housemaids."

Carthew is artistic director of the Working Class Writers Festival. This collection is her first in 18 years, and her fiction is published by Quercus and Bloomsbury. Hypatia Publications is a Cornwall based small press that is part of the Hypatia Trust and aims to celebrate female authors of literary fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

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