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Harriet Martineau Lecture: Kit de Waal

Saturday 28 May
Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield
1.30 - 2.30pm
£10 (under 18/young NNF £7.50)

The Harriet Martineau Lecture celebrates the legacy of a remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical speakers to respond to her life and work. This year’s lecture will be delivered by bestselling novelist, memoirist and literary activist Kit de Waal.

The first Harriet Martineau Lecture was delivered by Ali Smith in May 2013 and featured a call to draw Harriet Martineau’s face onto £5 notes in protest at the decision to remove Elizabeth Fry from the same note. Since then the likes of Kate Mosse, Masha Gessen, Linton Kwesi-Johnson, Sarah Perry and Ellah P. Wakatama have given the lecture, variously exploring Martineau’s internationalism, inspiration for feminism, and role in the abolition of slavery.

Supported by The Martineau Society.

About Kit de Waal

Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the 60’s and 70’s. Her debut novel My Name Is Leon was an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award for 2017. Her second novel, The Trick to Time, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and her young adult novel Becoming Dinah was shortlisted for the Carnegie CLIP Award 2020. She also crowdfunded and edited an anthology of working class memoir, Common People, which was published in 2018, and co-founded the free digital Big Book Weekend in 2020. Kit was named the FutureBook Person of the Year in 2019.

City of Literature is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by the National Centre for Writing.

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May 28, 2022 1:30 pm May 28, 2022 1:30 pm Europe/London Harriet Martineau Lecture: Kit de Waal Writers' Centre Norwich –

The Harriet Martineau Lecture celebrates the legacy of a remarkable, world-changing woman by inviting globally-renowned radical speakers to respond to her life and work. This year’s lecture will be delivered by bestselling novelist, memoirist and literary activist Kit de Waal. The first Harriet Martineau Lecture was delivered by Ali Smith in May 2013 and featured […]

Adnams Spiegeltent, Festival Gardens, Chapelfield Writers Centre Norwich