Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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Jane Robinson – Hearts and Minds
September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm£10.00
1918 was a tumultuous year in British history, marking the end of the First World War and the first time women – 40% of them, at least – were given the right to vote. A hundred years later, Jane Robinson, one of our most eloquent social historians, has trained her academic sights on female suffrage. And her new book, Hearts and Minds focuses not on the more well-known Suffragettes, who stole the headlines with their militant protests, but the Suffragists – quietly courageous, ordinary women, 50,000 of whom marched on Hyde Park in 1913 in what became known as The Great Pilgrimage.
As Robinson writes: “When they set out at the end of June 1913, they had been housewives, grandmothers, aristocrats, illiterate girls, actresses, colliery-women, teachers, students, frightened, unsure, naive, perhaps a little reckless; activists, certainly, but all these other things as well. Now, they were women of influence. Citizens of the world.”
Hearts and Minds, the subject of her talk at the festival, is Robinson’s tenth book. She turned
to writing after ten years in the antiquarian book trade and is now a Senior Associate at Somerville College, Oxford, where she was also an undergraduate. A keen horn player and singer, she is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.