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The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for female authors. Join past and present prize participants in this podcast series as they talk about their love of reading, writing and books.

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction is the UK’s most prestigious annual book award for female authors. Join past and present prize participants in this podcast series as they talk about their love of reading, writing and books.

    Episode 3: Women’s Prize for Fiction at 25

    Episode 3: Women’s Prize for Fiction at 25

    As the Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates 25 years, we look back at some of the previous winners to see what happened next in their careers. We focus on the prize itself, what made it so important when it started in 1996, why it is still so important today and what the landscape is like in 2020 for new writers and for those shortlisted. In the final episode of this series – brought to you by NatWest, a proud partner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – we speak to 2018 winner Kamila Shamsie; WPFF founder-director and bestselling novelist Kate Mosse; and one of 2020’s shortlisted authors, Natalie Haynes.
     
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    Episode 2: How to write your first novel

    Episode 2: How to write your first novel

    Everyone has the potential to write a novel – but few manage it. So how do you get started to tackle that blank page and find a writing routine? In the second of three podcasts – brought to you by NatWest, a proud partner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – we speak to 2018 WPFF winner Kamila Shamsie; head of Curtis Brown Creative Anna Davis; and one of WPFF 2020’s shortlisted authors, Natalie Haynes, about how they got started. 
     
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    Episode 1: A quiet revolution: How reading supports mental well-being

    Episode 1: A quiet revolution: How reading supports mental well-being

    The simple act of reading a book rewards the reader with a sense of calm, patience, escapism and mindfulness. In the first of this podcast series, comedian, writer and Women’s Prize for Fiction judge Viv Groskop discusses the positive mental impact of reading with Debbie Hicks, creative director of literacy charity The Reading Agency, and author Natalie Haynes, whose novel, A Thousand Ships, is shortlisted for the prize this year.
     
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    You Need a Specialist.

    You Need a Specialist.

    AI is becoming more and more prevalent in our lives but who is accountable? As the level of technology increases, the expertise needed to understand the actions and processes involved in AI is outpacing general understanding. Wincie and Burcu interview Shinpei Kato, founder of Tier 4, a company bringing autonomous vehicles to Japan's roads.  
     
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    Is AI the Best Decision Maker?

    Is AI the Best Decision Maker?

    Sometimes, the rigidity of tech and human beings are not a good fit. We look at how decisions made by triage and AI can end up with the wrong result for both businesses and
    for the people trying to access their services. Faisel Rahman of Fair Finance tells us about how AI is getting it wrong and how the greatest tool in finance may soon be a human being once again.
     
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    Does Tech Isolate or Empower Us?

    Does Tech Isolate or Empower Us?

    As technology is depended upon more and more for our personal interactions, we ask where is it working for us and where is it working against us? Pete Trainor of Vala Health tells us where the lines are when using tech for the most intimate of discussions and also where it has been used to do the unprecedented.
     
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