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Five questions with Alyssa Wees

At Breaking the Glass Slipper, we love YA with a speculative twist. We have previously had Frances Hardinge on the show to discuss the merits of the genre, in an attempt to shake off all the genre haters. Today on the blog we have a debut YA fantasy author, Alyssa...

Five questions with Arkady Martine

I like to keep an eye on the 'best new' lists that do the rounds at the beginning of every month, highlighting some of the titles hitting shelves. One book, in particular, caught my eyes recently, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. A space opera with alien...

Five questions with Katharine Duckett

Most of us have read our fair share of classics, be it at school or later in life. While these texts in the literary canon are well worth reading, they don't always live up to our modern morality or ideas of equality. A common problem with classic texts is the...

Five questions with Jaine Fenn

I love stories with skilled women who use their brains and hard-won know-how to solve problems. Jaine Fenn's Shadowlands duology does just that, with a scientist as the protagonist. We spoke to Jaine about skilled female characters, what 'science fantasy' is, and how...

Our favourite female sidekicks

We are almost at the end of Women's History Month. We hope you have enjoyed getting an insight into our favourite women of genre fiction, but this is our final instalment. Some may say that sidekicks are less interesting than the protagonist or somehow have less worth...

Five questions with K Chess

Science fiction is incredibly versatile as a genre. It can be used to explore all sorts of different concepts and comment on the world around us. Author K Chess, in her debut novel Famous Men Who Never Lived, uses science fiction to delve into ideas of identity with...

Our favourite heroines

We opened this series of blog posts for Women's History Month with our favourite villainous women. It's time to flip the switch and take a look at the good girls. Women can – and should – be the protagonists, the heroes of their own stories. But who are your...

Our favourite princesses

In the second of our round-up blogs for Women's History Month, we turn our attention to princesses. We are sick and tired of princesses who need to be rescued by a far more competent prince. What we want are princesses with personality, drive, and their own skills....

With a little help from our friends…

Hello beautiful listeners, Breaking the Glass Slipper is now into its third year (hooray)! We’ve loved exploring the topics which are important to us, learning from guests, being part of the community, and we’re so encouraged by the conversations now taking place...