Women on Writing – with Peggy Hughes, Sarah Perry and Fiona Sampson
Following a year of radical protest and change for women in creative industries, Sarah Perry (author of The Essex Serpent, Waterstones Book of the Year 2016) is joined by Fiona Sampson (author of In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein) and Peggy Hughes (Programme Director, Writers’ Centre Norwich), for a celebration of women and writing which focuses on three important anniversaries: 80 years of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, the 100th birthday of Muriel Spark, and the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This event will be chaired by Caroline O’Donoghue.
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About the speakers
Peggy Hughes has been Programme Director of Writers’ Centre Norwich since November 2017. Before that, she worked in the literature sector in Scotland, with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, Scottish Poetry Library and Literary Dundee (an initiative of the University of Dundee), where, as Director, where she produced and delivered the annual Dundee Literary Festival. Peggy is Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland.
Sarah Perry is the author of The Essex Serpent and After Me Comes the Flood. A number one bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, The Essex Serpent was nominated for a further eight literary awards, including the Costa Novel Award 2017, and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017. After Me Comes the Flood was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014 and the Folio Prize 2014, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award 2014. Sarah has been the UNESCO City of Literature Writer-In-Residence in Prague and a Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence. Her work is being translated into eleven languages, and her essays and fiction have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and RTE 1. She reviews fiction for the Guardian and the Financial Times. Website
Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer. She has been published in more than 30 languages and received an MBE for services to literature. A Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature, and the recipient of a number of national and international honours for her poetry, she has worked as an editor, translator, and university professor as well as a violinist. Website
‘If we get another literary biography in 2018 as astute and feelingful as this one, we shall be lucky.’ – John Carey, Sunday Times (on In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein)
‘Sampson is as adept as Frankenstein himself, giving life to a figure who convincingly aches and bleeds … the landscapes and interiors within which Sampson’s subject moves are as crisply rendered as Frankenstein’s own plane of Arctic ice. – Guardian (on In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein)
Caroline O’Donoghue is a Contributing Editor for The-Pool.com who has written for Glamour, The Irish Times and Buzzfeed. She also co-hosts the podcast, School for Dumb Women. Her first book, Promising Young Women, is coming out in June 2018. Twitter / website
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