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Women on Writing

Sarah Perry with Peggy Hughes & Fiona Sampson

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In association with Writers’ Centre Norwich

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 special guests 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.

Sarah Perry on sexism in publishing, why we don’t need ‘strong female characters’, and inventing her own Gothic monster

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Peggy Hughes

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

Sarah Perry is a multi award-winning author and book reviewer. She has been nominated for awards such as the Costa Novel Award 2017 and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 and her novel After Me Comes the Flood 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.

Fiona Sampson

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.


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