Sarah LeFanu

In the 1980s and 1990s Sarah LeFanu was Senior Editor at The Women’s Press, where she was responsible for their innovative and highly-regarded science fiction list. They published many of the American feminist dystopian/utopian classics of the 1970s, such as Joanna Russ’s The Female Man, Sally Miller Gearhart’s The Wanderground, Suzy McKee Charnas’s Walk to the End of the World and Motherlines, important antecedents (along with British works such as Esmé Dodderidge’s The New Gulliver and Zoë Fairbairns’s Virago-published Benefits) of the current resurgence of feminist dystopian fiction.

From 2004 to 2009 she was Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival. She frequently chairs events for the Bristol Festival of Ideas. She has been a judge for the James Tiptree Award (an annual award for works of SF and fantasy that expand and explore the understanding of gender), and for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is a Writing Project Associate. She blogs about films at: