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A Sign of Her Own

Sarah Marsh

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Join us for an in-depth discussion of Sarah’s debut literary novel, A Sign of Her Own; a mesmerising tale of historical fiction that explores the legacy of the telephone through a young deaf woman named Ellen, the prized student of Alexander Graham Bell. It is an empowering story of Ellen’s journey towards finding her authentic voice and accepting her deaf identity, and casts new light on the inventor and the invention that would forever change how we communicate.  

Sarah will talk about the inspiration behind her novel and how she drew from real historical documents and personal experience to illuminate the joys and frustrations of being deaf in a hearing world. 


‘Absolutely brilliant. Ellen Lark is unforgettable’Emilia Hart, author of Weyward

‘Illuminating… Excellently conveys the experience of being deaf in a hearing world’Priscilla Morris, Women’s Prize Shortlisted author of Black Butterflies

‘A fantastic novel. Shines a light into a hidden corner of history’Louise Hare author of This Lovely City



Sarah Marsh was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish prize in 2019 and selected for the London Library Emerging Writers programme in 2020. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. A Sign of Her Own is her first novel, inspired by her experiences of growing up deaf and her family’s history of deafness. She lives in London.


Important information

Duration: 1hr

Access: This event will be BSL interpreted.


Concessions: 10% off tickets priced £10 or over for D/deaf or disabled, Full-time students, Go 4Less cardholders and Jobseekers

Under 18: £7.50

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25 May

03:00 pm

£7.50 - £10.00

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



Masthead image: Sarah Marsh © Rii Schroer

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