Joan Bakewell and Maggie Gee

Short stories from a stellar list of women novelists, authors Dame Joan Bakewell and Maggie Gee talk with Sarah Hosking, founder of the Hosking Houses Trust for women writers, about women's writing and the question behind the book: What does it mean to 'kiss and part'?

The contributors to this collection all share one thing in common – they have all stayed at a small cottage in the village of Clifford Chambers near Stratford-upon-Avon, courtesy of a trust set up to provide women writers with ‘a room of one’s own’, as Virginia Woolf put it. 

Dame Joan Bakewell is a broadcaster, writer and member of the House of Lords. She is currently President of Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include 'Stop The Clocks: Thoughts On What I Leave Behind'; 'The View From Here: Life at Seventy'; 'The Heart of Heart of the Matter: A Memoir'.

Maggie Gee OBE is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her many published works include 'Virginia Woolf in Manhattan', 'The Ice People', 'My Cleaner', 'The White Family', shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and a writer’s memoir, 'My Animal Life' (2010). Her most recent novel, 'Blood', is set in Kent. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to literature.

Friday 21 February 2020, 7–8pm, Alexander Centre Main Room. £6

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