It started as a Tweet, and became a Phenomenon.
So, who was up for contributing to – and supporting – an anthology by and about kickass female fighters? The answer seems to be ‘everybody’. Not only written by women, by edited by women and with cover art by Sarah Anne Langton, Fight Like A Girl is everything that women in SFF should be.
And its launch party was epic – there have been multiple posts on the storming job done by Jo and Roz and Kristell Ink Books. Readings by Sophie E Tallis and Lou Morgan (and me), a great panel on the ever-tricky ‘women in SFF’ subject by Jo Hall, Gaie Sebold, Cheryl Morgan, Dolly Garland and KT Davies, followed by Juliet McKenna showing us how to tie people in knots and Fran Terminello showing us how to poke them with long and pointy pieces of steel… plus it’s quite startling how many of us have actually used weapons on a re-enactment field at one point or other.
More than anything, though, the event felt like family. Not just women celebrating getting together and being badass woman – face it, we so are – but also the fact that it was completely inclusive. There were families there, and kids underfoot everywhere, all being suitably wowed by the combat-demos. It was an event about standing up and being heard, of course it was, about celebrating our own abilities. But it was also about thanking all of those – men and women alike – who have made the project happen and supported its release.
And the reviews are as shiny as the cover art, seriously – I’ve never tried ‘Dystopian Future’ before but it seems to have done the trick!