Caitlin Moran set for Edinburgh Book Festival appearance

This article is from 2011.

Caitlin Moran set for Edinburgh Book Festival appearance

A self-deprecating take on womanhood

With Germaine Greer’s recent Newsnight debacle dragging the feminist cause kicking and screaming back to the dark days, it’s time to hail the new messiah: Caitlin Moran. Not for nothing has this Brighton-born writer impressed. Aged just 15, the young Moran had already picked up The Observer’s Young Reporter award, going on to write for it and sister title The Guardian; by 18 she was writing a column for The Times and fast becoming a TV presenter to watch.

Almost two decades on, Moran has created a best-selling book out of ‘issues’ with her memoir-cum-pondering on lady life, How to Be a Woman. Instead of harping on like some strangulated feminist manifesto, Moran opts here for the jugular, reminiscing about her council estate upbringing and her first experiences with boys, alongside wonderings on what to call your vagina.

Plus, there’s an array of other surprisingly funny and bizarrely revelatory ditties as she laments the journey from pre-pubescence to womanhood. Applauded for being ‘laugh-out-loud funny’ (it is), this is self-deprecation and witty reflection at its finest.

14 Aug, 12.30pm, £10 (£8).

Caitlin Moran

What should you call your vagina? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Caitlin Moran is on a mission to reclaim feminism and make it relevant to women today. Always refreshingly straightforward, the award-winning journalist and Times columnist describes her new book, How to be a Woman, as 'The…

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