Single Women in Persephone Books

The Assembly Rooms
Saturday 20th April
12:30pm to 1:30pm

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‘I was born to be a spinster, and, by God, I’m going to spin.’ (Winifred Holtby)

Novelist Gill Hornby and writer/artist Charlie Lee-Potter talk to writer Samantha Ellis about the theme of single women in Persephone books. Must spinsters always be reviled? Were they ‘left on the shelf’ because of World War One? How did these women wrestle back power from heartbreak - or did they, instead, refuse to marry and choose freer, bolder, more intrepid lives outside the home?

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