Mon, 11 Mar|
Small Hall, Morningside United Church
Revisioning Women in History: Kathleen B. Jones & Victoria Mackenzie in conversation with Kate Foster
Tickets £5-19.99 This is a live, in-person event. Location: Small Hall, Morningside United Church In celebration of Women's History Month, we're delighted to welcome authors Kathleen B Jones, Victoria Mackenzie and Kate Foster to discuss their novels and the topic of revisioning women in history.
Time & Location
11 Mar 2024, 19:30 – 21:00 GMT
Small Hall, Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DH, UK
About The Event
This is a live, in-person event.
Location: Small Hall, Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Rd, EH10 4DH
In celebration of Women's History Month, we're delighted to welcome authors Kathleen B Jones, Victoria Mackenzie and Kate Foster to discuss their novels and the topic of revisioning women in history.
Cities of Women by Kathleen B. Jones
A deeply affecting dual narrative separated by several centuries, Cities of Women examines the lives of women who dare to challenge the social norms of their days, risking their reputations and livelihoods for the sake of their passions.
In the twenty-first century, we meet Verity Frazier, a disillusioned history professor who sets out to prove that the artist responsible for the illuminated artwork in Christine de Pizan’s medieval manuscripts was a remarkable woman named Anastasia. As Anastasia’s story unfolds against the exquisitely-rendered medieval backdrop of moral disaster, political intrigue, and extraordinary creativity, Verity finds her career on the brink of collapse by her efforts to uncover evidence of the lost artist’s existence.
Inspired by a decade of research, Jones has woven together a luminous and incisive masterpiece of historical fiction, evoking the spare joys and monumental pitfalls facing medieval women artists and a contemporary woman who becomes obsessed with medieval books.
Kathleen B. Jones was born and educated in New York. She holds a B.A. in political science from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. from the political science program at CUNY's Graduate School and Center. After teaching women's studies for two decades at San Diego State University, she resigned to focus on writing, recently earning an M.F.A. in fiction from Fairfield University. Dr. Jones's scholarly writing includes six books published with academic presses--three monographs and three edited anthologies of critical essays. Diving for Pearls: A Thinking Journey with Hannah Arendt won the 2015 Barbara "Penny" Kanner Book Award from the Western Association of Women Historians.
For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain by Victoria Mackenzie
In the year of 1413, two women meet for the first time in the city of Norwich.
Margery has left her fourteen children and husband behind to make her journey. Her visions of Christ – which have long alienated her from her family and neighbours, and incurred her husband’s abuse – have placed her in danger with the men of the Church, who have begun to hound her as a heretic.
Julian, an anchoress, has not left Norwich, nor the cell to which she has been confined, for twenty-three years. She has told no one of her own visions – and knows that time is running out for her to do so.
The two women have stories to tell one another. Stories about girlhood, motherhood, sickness, loss, doubt and belief; revelations more powerful than the world is ready to hear. Their meeting will change everything.
Sensual, vivid and humane, For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain cracks history open to reveal the lives of two extraordinary women.
Victoria Mackenzie is a fiction writer and poet. She is the winner of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award and the inaugural Emerging Writer Award from Moniack Mhor. She was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, as well as being awarded prestigious writing residencies in Scotland, Finland and Australia. She teaches creative writing for the Open College of the Arts.
About our chair:
Kate Foster has been a national newspaper journalist for over twenty years. Growing up in Edinburgh, she became fascinated by its history and often uses it as inspiration for her stories. The Maiden won the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect 2020 prize for new writers. She lives in Edinburgh with her two children.
The Maiden by Kate Foster
Edinburgh, October 1679. Lady Christian is arrested and charged with the murder of her lover, James Forrester. News of her imprisonment and subsequent trial is splashed across the broadsides, with headlines that leave little room for doubt: Adulteress. Whore. Murderess.
Only a year before, Lady Christian was newly married, leading a life of privilege and respectability. So, what led her to risk everything for an affair? And does that make her guilty of murder? She wasn't the only woman in Forrester's life, and certainly not the only one who might have had cause to wish him dead . . .
Inspired by a real-life case and winner of the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect Award, Kate Foster's The Maiden is a remarkable story with a feminist revisionist twist, giving a voice to women otherwise silenced by history.
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With this ticket you will receive: - Event entry for one individualPrice£5.00
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With this ticket you will receive: - Event entry for one individual - 1 copy of 'Cities of Women' by Kathleen B. Jones.Price£19.99
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Thy Great Pain + Ticket
With this ticket you will receive: - Event entry for one individual - 1 copy of 'For Thy Great Pain Have Mercy On My Little Pain' by Victoria Mackenzie.Price£8.99
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The Maiden + Ticket
With this ticket you will receive: - Event entry for one individual - 1 copy of 'For The Maiden' by Kate Foster.Price£9.99