Emily Midorikawa’s past events and broadcasts include appearances on ABC Radio National (Australia) BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and also The Battersea Poltergeist, at Book Passage (San Francisco), Bloomsbury Literature Festival, Brookline Booksmith, the British Library, University of Cambridge, Chawton House Library, the Faber Academy, Fall For the Book Festival, 46th Annual George Eliot Lecture (keynote speaker), Ilkley Literature Festival, Literary Death Match (London), Lucy Cavendish College, Margate Bookie festival, Newark Book Festival, NYU London, Shakespeare & Co (New York), UCLA, Vroman’s (Los Angeles), Wantage Literary Festival, and various Waterstones branches.

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Past events:


Sunday 5 June, 12.30pm (UK) – Uncovering Past Lives: Samantha Ellis in conversation with Emily Midorikawa, Margate Bookie festival, Turner Contemporary, Margate


Wednesday 27 October, 12.00 midday (local time, EST) / 5pm (UK) – ‘Breaking the Victorian Glass Ceiling’: Olivia Campbell and Emily Midorikawa in conversation with Sun-Young Park (online event, part of the Fall for the Book festival)

Wednesday 16 June, 7.30pm (UK) – Dalloway Day: Exploring the relationship between two of modernism’s key writers, Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. With Kirsty Gunn, Emily Midorikawa, Irenosen Okojie and Emma Claire Sweeney (online event presented by the British Library and the Royal Society of Literature)

Sunday 16 May, 4pm (local time, EST) / 9pm (UK) – Emily Midorikawa with Jennifer Alton: Celebrate the release of Out of the Shadows with Emily Midorikawa in conversation with Counterpoint Press editor Jennifer Alton, with whom she worked on Out of the Shadows (online event hosted by Brookline Booksmith)


Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm – Margate Bookie ‘Bookie Talks’: Samantha Ellis, author of How to be a Heroine, in conversation with Emily Midorikawa (online event)


Tuesday 31 July, 6.30-8pm – 5×15 @ The AllBright Club, ‘Secret Histories of Women Writers’: A double bill of literary co-authors with Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate, The AllBright, London

Saturday 14 July, 3-4.15pm – Literary Landscapes: Emily Midorikawa talks about the hidden relationships of Jane Austen and the Brontës, Newark Book Festival, Newark Town Hall (Emily will be joined by The Newstead Abbey Byron Society’s Ken Purslow and Lauren Livesey, Audience Development Officer at Brontë Parsonage Museum, plus chair Tim Rideout.)

Monday 26 March – The Business of a Woman’s Life: female authorship, celebrity and fandom in the long nineteenth century conference (2.10pm  panel discussion on female literary friendship), Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

Friday 16 March, 12.30-1.30pm – A Secret Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney, Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 10 February, 12.45-4.30pm – London and S.E. Gaskell Society Meeting: Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney on Literary Friendships, Francis Holland School for Girls, London


Tuesday 12 December, 12.30-1.30pm – Herbert Illuminations: The Secret Sisterhood of George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

Wednesday 8 November, 6pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Prof. Michelle Carriger at UCLA (event sponsored by UCLA’s English Department and Friends of English)

Tuesday 7 November, 7pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney present and sign A Secret Sisterhood, in conversation with Elizabeth L. Silver, and joined by Julia Fierro and Caeli Wolfson at Vroman’s Book Store, Pasadena

Wednesday 1 November, 6pm – A Celebration of Literary Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Mary Volmer and Cheryl Crocker McKeon at Book Passage, San Francisco (event sponsored by the WNBA-SF, Saint Mary’s College MFA in Creative Writing)

Saturday 28 October, 2-4pm – The Jane Austen Society of North America – NY Metropolitan Region and the Brontë Society American Chapter: Conversation with Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney (chaired by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore) at Shakespeare & Co, New York City

Thursday 26 October, 6-7.30pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Kate Bolick at NYU Bookstore, New York City

Monday 23 October, 11am-12pm – A Secret Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney at Wantage Literary Festival

Saturday 21 October, 1pm – ‘A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontё’, Eliot and Woolf at Bloomsbury Literature Festival

Wednesday 18 October, 6.30pm – ‘A Secret Sisterhood: the hidden friendships of Austen, Brontё, Eliot and Woolf’ at Chawton House Library

Wednesday 27 September – ‘Is the Isolated Female Genius a Myth?’ Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, in conversation with Annabel Abbs (private event)

Friday 22 September, 7.30pm – A Secret Sisterhood. Join Antonia Honeywell, as she talks to authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney at Uxbridge Library

Saturday 16 September, 2.30pm – 46th Annual George Eliot Lecture 2017 ‘Secret Sisterhood: George Eliot’s Literary Friendship’ at Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre in Coton, Nuneaton

Tuesday 11 July (7.15-8.30pm) – How Female Friendship Feeds Creativity with Rachel Holmes, Emily Midorikawa, Kate Mosse, and Emma Claire Sweeney at the British Library

Tuesday 4 July, 6.30pm – A Secret Sisterhood: Female Literary Friendships with Emma Claire Sweeney, Emily Midorikawa, Michèle Roberts and Sarah LeFanu at Waterstones Gower Street

Thursday 15 June – ‘Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney explore the hidden friendships between Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontё, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf’ at Hungerford Bookshop

Monday 12 June – ‘A Secret Sisterhood’, Folkestone Women’s Forum event at Folkestone Quarterhouse

Wednesday 7 June – ‘A Secret Sisterhood: Discussing female literary friendships’, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Samantha Ellis at Waterstones Crouch End

Thursday 1 June – ‘A Secret Sisterhood’, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Rowan Coleman at Waterstones Berkhamsted


16 November – Something Rhymed Writing Friendships event at City, University of London

15-16 October – Something Rhymed Friendship-themed creative writing workshops at the South Holland Centre in Spalding and Fydell House in Boston (Lincolnshire)

20 August – Literary Friendships with Something Rhymed at Margate Bookie

12 May – Genuine Change: Something Rhymed literary salon at NYU London

4 May – So-called Women’s Issues: Something Rhymed literary salon at NYU London

28 April – VIDA count: Something Rhymed literary salon at NYU London


23 April – Working with Writing: the Art of Collaboration at City, University of London


15 October – Something Rhymed: the Literary Friendships of Famous Female Authors at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe


17 November – Writing Together: Ways of Making it Work at annual NAWE conference


26 June – Literary Death Match