Eimear McBride, Nichole Perkins and Lisa Taddeo each deal with different facets of female desire. Eimear is the author of Strange Hotel, a deep dissection of desire and aloneness in its familiarity and strangeness. Nichole Perkins co-hosts Thirst Aid Kit, a Slate podcast about pop culture and desire, and writes about the intersections of pop culture, race, sex, gender and relationships. Lisa’s page-turner Three Women is an intimate narration of the desires and sexual proclivities of three real women. In conversation with Yumi Stynes, they examine the writing of lust, love and sex, and explore questions of power and gender, consent and exploitation, girlhood, womanhood and who women are allowed to be.

Eimear McBride (International)

Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride' s debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing won the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and Irish Novel of the Year. The Lesser Bohemians won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2017 Eimear was awarded the inaugural Creative Fellowship at the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading. The resulting performance work, Mouthpieces, was recorded and broadcast by RTE Radio. Strange Hotel is her latest novel.

Lisa Taddeo (International)

Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize (2017, 2019), and received her MFA in fiction as the Saul Bellow Fellow from Boston University. Her fiction has been published in Harper's, Granta, McSweeney's, The Sewanee Review, CQR, Notre Dame Review, NER, The Sun and Esquire, among others. Her non-fiction has been published in Esquire, New York Magazine, Elle, The New York Observer, Guardian UK and Glamour, among others. She is a columnist for the Style section of the Sunday Times in London, and her work has been included in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing. Her debut non-fiction book Three Women debuted at #1 on both the New York Times bestseller list and The Sunday Times UK bestseller list. She is currently developing the adaption of Three Women as a limited series for Showtime, as well as a half-hour project, Beautiful Babies, at Netflix. Her debut novel, Animal, will be published later in the year, with a collection of short stories to follow.

Nichole Perkins (International)

Nichole Perkins

Nichole Perkins is a writer from Nashville, Tennessee, currently based in Brooklyn. She co-hosts Thirst Aid Kit, a podcast about pop culture and desire, with Bim Adewunmi. She is also one of the hosts of The Waves, a podcast that examines news and culture through a feminist lens. Both podcasts are at Slate. Nichole writes about the intersections of pop culture, race, sex, gender and relationships. Nichole is a 2017 Audre Lorde Fellow at the inaugural Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat, a 2017 BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellow and a 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow for poetry. Her first collection of poetry is called Lilith, but Dark. Her forthcoming memoir Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be will explore black womanhood and sexuality, online messageboard communities and the effects of pop culture on female desire.

Yumi Stynes (Australian)

Yumi Stynes

Yumi Stynes is a broadcaster whose radio work supports her writing habit. She was amazed to discover that the guidebook she co-wrote on how to deal with getting your period was pretty much the first of its kind and has been feeling smug about it ever since. Welcome to Your Period is out now and is the first in a series of books on women's and teen health and sexuality she has written with the legendary Dolly Doctor, Dr Melissa Kang. Yumi's podcast Ladies, We Need to Talk is currently in Season 4 and covers topics like Anal Sex, the Gender Beauty Gap, and the Secret Life of Your Vagina.