I ran a competition on Twitter yesterday to give Virago followers the chance to win a copy of Ingrid Betancourt’s recently published autobiography Even Silence Has an End. To enter, I asked fellow tweeters to tell me exactly what Virago means to them (click here to read the 'About Virago' page on our website). The winner was this lovely response from @envisione:
Virago means that the voices of women will be heard; the lives of women will be shared; the writing of women will be treasured.
But that wasn’t the only brilliant response. An honorary mention goes to @morphic43 for a very clever little poem:
Past and present, enquire within, penned by women but not penned in.
And here were some of the best of the rest… all were inspiring to read. Enjoy.
@dianeshipley: When I see an apple on the spine, I know it's going to be a good book, and am much more likely to pick up
@happyfox: Virago to me means holding fast to what you believe in and not being afraid to let others know it
@LucyG_84: Virago means to me: a significant portion of my PhD! It would be very thin without them
@guingb: what Virago means to me? An awareness as a young teenage girl that women were writers . . .
@Cookierubyshoes: Being introduced, as a teenager, to Willa Cather, Maya Angelou and Angela Carter and vowing to write, be kind and bold
@sianushka: celebrating the power & beauty of literature that explores women’s experience and demands we pay attention to forgotten talent
@AverillB: To me, Virago is the best of women’s writing past and present. Always has been and always will
@msmollylouise: Virago means to me… All my lovely green books with apples on that I read when I was a student in the 80s :)
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