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01 about

Catherine Riley is a writer, and an expert on contemporary feminist publishing in the UK. She has taught English Literature and Gender Studies at Lancaster and Northumbria Universities and Birkbeck College in London, where she completed her doctoral thesis on the feminist publisher Virago.


Catherine has published two books on women's writing and publishing, and has contributed chapters and articles to edited collections on these themes.


She worked for two years as Head of Communications at the Women’s Equality Party, the UK’s first feminist political party, helping build it from the ground up before leaving at the conclusion of the 2017 general election.


Catherine now works as general manager for Primadonna, a festival of writing, creativity and ideas celebrating diversity, inclusivity and equality. She has written a novel, which will be published by Serpent's Tail in 2022.



02 books


Feminism and Women’s Writing: An Introduction with Lynne Pearce (Edinburgh University Press) was published in March 2018.

It was followed in May 2018 by The Virago Story: Assessing the Impact of a Feminist Publishing Phenomenon (Berghahn Books).

She contributed to Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1940s-2000s: The Contemporary Period (Edinburgh University Press) in 2020.

Forthcoming in 2022 is her chapter on women publishers in the 21st century in Studying English Literature in Context: Critical Readings (Cambridge University Press).


03 articles

04 events


Curator/producer, Spirited – exhibition celebrating the suffrage centenary, focused on young, working class women


 Talking head on BBC4 documentary Virago: Changing the World One Page at a Time 


Conceived and co-wrote Women's Equality Party's ‘Not Everyone Gets It’ campaign for the 2017 general election


Invited speaker, Creative Women, Creative Business festival, the British Library


Co-wrote and produced Party Election Broadcast, shown on BBC1 and ITV in May 2016 as part of London Mayoral elections


Guest speaker, ‘Time and Tide' festival of women writers
and journalists


05 contact

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