16 days – the annual, global period of activism against gender-based violence from 25th November to 10th December – is a very important period in CASWA’s calendar.
This year we’ve joined forced with other Highland-based groups and organisations for the #whatwillyoudo campaign, put on our walking books to raise some funds for CASWA (donate here: https://paypal.me/CASWA2021?country.x=GB&locale.x=en_GB ) and we all gained wings and turned into book fairies.
Throughout 16 days our team distributed over 25 books across Caithness and Sutherland for our book fairy project! We’re a team of readers and we picked out our favourite feminist and women-centred non-fiction and fiction literature to share with our community to raise awareness of feminism and women’s experiences. We added a sticker about the project inside all books as well as a bookmark and some CASWA goodies, tied the books in purple ribbon (CASWA’s branding colours) and popped a gift tag on the outside to explain what it was all about. However we couldn’t pop the book out like that - we are in Caithness and Sutherland and believe it or not we’ve had not one but two storms in the last 16 days! Weather-proof zip lock bags to the rescue!!!
And so off our fairies went, distributing books throughout Caithness and Sutherland on their travels. Did you find one of our books? We’d love to hear from you if you did. For those who didn’t we thought you might like us to share what books we picked out for this project so you can add them to your Santa list or check your local library for some Christmas reading.
“Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes and fill up my heart” Oprah Winfrey
Here are our books for CASWA’s Book Fairy Project:
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- The Color Purple – Alice Walker
- Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and other lies): Amazing women on what the F-word means to them – Curated by Scarlett Curtis
- Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
- She Must be Mad – Charley Cox
- The Evolution of a Girl - L.E. Bowman
- Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Genuises your History Teacher Forgot to Mention – Cathy Newman
- The Testaments – Margaret Atwood
- We Set the Dark on Fire – Tehlor Kay Majia
- Queenie – Candice Carty Williams
- It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover
- The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna
- The Mercies – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- If Women Rose Rooted: The Journey to Authenticity and Belonging – Sharon Blackie
- We Need to Talk – Agnes Torok
- Rage Becomes Her: The Power of a Women’s Anger – Soraya Chemaly
- The Guilty Feminist – Deborah Frances-White
- We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Girl,Women, Other – Bernadine Evaristo
- Vox – Christina Dalcher
- I am Malala - Malala Yousafzai
- Do it Like a Woman - Caroline Criado Perez
- F is For Feminism: An Alphabet Book of Empowerment - Carolyn Suzuki
- Girls Who Changed the World – Michelle Roehm McCann
- Castles of Steel and Thunder – Gail Anthea Brown
We would like to thank Gail Anthea Brown, local author of Castles of Steel and Thunder, for donating two signed copies of her book to this project.
“A well read woman is a dangerous creature” Lisa Kleypas