Bad Girls or Freedom Fighters?
In June 1906, a young woman from Lancashire became the first suffragette to be sent to Holloway Prison, the most infamous female jail in Europe. Of the 1300 suffragettes arrested in the following years, most ended up in Holloway. What ‘crimes’ did they commit, why did they resist prison discipline, and how did imprisonment strengthen their cause?
Caitlin Davies is the author of six novels and six non-fiction books, including Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades, described by the Sunday Times as ‘an absorbing study’ and by Jeremy Corbyn as ‘a ripping good read.’ She’s a trained English teacher and Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and has taught writing in schools, prisons and universities.
This talk is sponsored by the Royal Literary Fund, which was founded in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Coleridge, Ivy Compton-Burnett, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas. Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite so famous yet! As part of this event, poet, author and a former fellow of the RLF, Kathleen Jones, will describe the work carried out by the Fund.
Caitlin Davies will present a masterclass on writing and researching historical non-fiction at 10 am on Saturday October 6th in the Crown and Mitre Hotel