Celebrating Votes for Women 100th Anniversary



The 2018 Greenwich Book Festival is excited to be hosting a number of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first British women being given the vote.

At Charlton Lido, on the evening of Thursday, June 14, historian Jenny Landreth – one of four swimming writers appearing – will talk about the swimming suffragettes featured in her waterbiography Swell. Bit.ly/gbflido

On Friday, June 15, there will be a free lunchtime lecture, Greenwich100: It’s not all about the suffragettes, exploring male support for the women’s suffragette movement. That Friday evening, at 6.30pm, the history of women cartoonists, propagandists and graphic-novel-makers will be explored in a special Laydeez Do Comics event, led by Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate, co-authors of The Inking Woman, 250 Years of British Women Cartoon and Comic Artists. From 8pm, our Friday night festival party Celebrating Women Writers, will include discussions of Martha Gellhorn, the pioneering war correspondent, and Lissa Evans’ hilarious new 1920s-set novel, Old Baggage, featuring a former militant suffragette bored by peacetime.

On Saturday, June 16, the Greenwich Theatre-GBF free playwriting strand, will offer audiences a rare opportunity to see some early 20th century suffragette plays, including Cicely Hamilton’s satire How the Vote Was Won (1909), Wynne Nevison’s In The Workhouse (1911) and George Middleton’s Tradition (1913).

In Exhume Those Stories: Phillis Wheatley and John Blanke, Greenwich academic and playwright, Ade Solanke, will lead a discussion about the enslaved poet prodigy Phillis Wheatley’s visit to London in 1773 and Black Tudor musician John Blanke Bit.ly/gbfexhume

Across our programme, wider issues of human rights and identity politics will be explored. At noon on the Saturday, we are delighted to be hosting the multi-award-winning American Young Adult authors Angie Thomas and Patrick Ness, discussing their incisive, urgent recent novels, The Hate U Give and Release. Bit.ly/gbfnessthomas

Social class in 21st Century British writing and publishing will be discussed at 5.30pm. Bit.ly/gbfclass

Please vote with your feet – and support these events

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