Education, feminist fantasy and self-sacrifice: #FeminismInYA chat with Maria Turtschaninoff, author of ‘Maresi’

On Tuesday 16th February, Maria Turtschaninoff, the author of the fantastic ‘Maresi’, was the guest author for the weekly #feminisminya chat, led by @helloiammariam.


‘Maresi’ is the first book in the brand new fantasy series, ‘The Red Abbey Chronicles’, and we love it SO much. Here’s what it’s all about:

Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen. Before then, she had only heard rumours of its existence in secret folk tales. In a world where girls aren’t allowed to learn or do as they please, an island inhabited solely by women sounded like a fantasy. But now Maresi is here, and she knows it is real. The Jai arrives, she has fled to the island to escape terrible danger and unimaginable cruelty. And the men who hurt her will stop at nothing to find her. Now the women and girls of the Red Abbey must use all their powers and ancient knowledge to combat the forces that wish to destroy them.

Maresi and Maria Turtschaninoff

Mariam led the chat by asking Maria some questions and inviting the rest of the chat to join in with the discussion.

Question 1: Mariam started with a tough one about feminism in fantasy!

Question 2: The importance of education

Question 3: Sacrificing yourself for the greater good

Question 4: Hair power!

Question 6: Do men and women need to be separated to ensure fair treatment?

What a fascinating chat! #FeminismInYa is held every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm GMT – come and join in next week!

What do you think about any of the questions Mariam asked? Discuss with us at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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