Join us for a very special event at the historic Redhills building to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women in the UK the right to vote for the first time and was an important step towards universal suffrage.
Caitlin Davies’s book Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades uses Holloway Prison, which played a pivotal part in the suffragettes’ campaign and housed Emmeline Pankhurst and Alice Wheeldon, as a starting point to explore a history of women’s incarceration. Historian Fern Riddell’s book, Death in Ten Minutes, focuses on radical suffragette Kitty Marion, whose story she tells through Kitty’s own diaries.
Joining Caitlin and Fern, is writer and composer Sarah Sayeed (BBC Verb New Voices 2018), who we have commissioned to write a short dramatic monologue weaving together the lives of two women: the real life Victorian suffragette Princess Sophia Singh and the fictional Prem, a contemporary British Asian woman who is campaigning for justice within her own community.
Chaired by Caroline Beck