Event

Bad Girls – with Caitlin Davies

Sunday 27 May
Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens
12.30 - 1.30pm
£8 / weekend ticket £90

Society has never known what to do with its rebellious women. Those who defied expectations about feminine behaviour have long been considered dangerous and unnatural, and ever since the Victorian era they have been removed from public view, locked up and often forgotten about.

In Bad Girls, Caitlin uses Holloway Prison, the largest and most famous women’s prison in Europe until its closure in 2016, as a starting point to explore a fascinating social history of women’s incarceration, drawing out some of the hidden stories of the most interesting inmates. It is a story of victimization and resistance; of oppression and bravery.

Holloway has housed lots of high-profile prisoners within its walls – including Emmeline Pankhurst, Diana Mitford, Ruth Ellis and Myra Hindley – and the ones that you haven’t heard of are just as fascinating. Caitlin tells the stories of women from all walks of life – of socialites and prostitutes, sporting stars and nightclub queens, refugees and freedom fighters. Through these stories, she shows how women have been treated in our justice system over more than a century.

‘Readable, compelling and illuminating’ — The Bookseller

‘Caitlin Davies writes with warmth, empathy and humour about the women […] a ripping good read’ — Jeremy Corbyn

Smashed windows, broken rules: the dark suffragette sites of London (Guardian, February 2018)

Holloway Prison’s place in the struggle for the women’s vote (Islington Tribune, February 2018)

From the archives: A Christmas card from Countess Markievicz in Holloway Prison (February 2018)

Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival. 

Tickets £8 per event; book four or more events over the City of Literature Weekend and save £1.50 per ticket. Join us for all events across the weekend for £90 (save £46). Call the box office on 01603 766400 to redeem these offers.

This event is BSL-interpreted.

 

About Caitlin Davies

Caitlin Davies was born in London in 1964. She is the author of five novels and five non-fiction books and has worked as a teacher and freelance journalist for 25 years. In 1989 she moved to Botswana where she worked for the country’s first tabloid newspaper, the Voice, and later as editor of the Okavango Observer. She received a Journalist of the Year award. From 2014-2017 she worked as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster, Harrow, in the faculty of Media, Arts & Design. Website

‘Davies is an unfussy and intelligent storyteller with a gift for translating the complexities of ordinary lives.’ – Emma Hagestadt, The Independent

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May 27, 2018 12:30 pm May 27, 2018 12:30 pm Europe/London Bad Girls – with Caitlin Davies Writers' Centre Norwich –

Society has never known what to do with its rebellious women. Those who defied expectations about feminine behaviour have long been considered dangerous and unnatural, and ever since the Victorian era they have been removed from public view, locked up and often forgotten about. In Bad Girls, Caitlin uses Holloway Prison, the largest and most […]

Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens Writers Centre Norwich
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