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Jenn Ashworth at Newnham College Literary Archive Event

Date: 25 February 2013

Jenn Ashworth from the Lancaster Writing Programme (Department of English and Creative Writing) has been invited to speak with Patricia Dunker at Newnham College's Literary Archive Weekend on 'The Deadly Spaces of Women Novelists' on Saturday 2nd March.

Please see below for further details. Newnham's second Literary Archive Event - Women and the Novel - 1st and 2nd March 2013

It is no secret that we are very proud of Newnham's strong literary tradition. Many of the outstanding female writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuriesstudied here; Claire Tomalin, A.S. Byatt, Iris Murdoch, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Drabble, Katharine Whitehorn, Ali Smith and Sarah Dunant to name but a few.

Following the successful launch of Newnham's Literary Archive in 2011, we are holding a second event on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March 2013. The theme is 'Women and the Novel' and it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us and to bring a guest. We have an enticing programme. Beginning on Friday evening, a wine reception will precede a talk by Dame Margaret Drabble who will be speaking on: 'Finding the future: The novel as exploration'. Saturday morning is given to exploring the writing of women's fiction. It begins with a conversation between Jenn Ashworth and Patricia Duncker on 'The Deadly Spaces of Women Novelists', chaired by Dr Pam Hirsch. The morning continues with a panel discussion, chaired by Isabelle Grey. Karolina Sutton, Helen Garnons-Williams and Cathy Moore will join her to open a general discussion 'Fiction publishing and promotion: a changing landscape?'. This will be followed by a delicious buffet lunch in College Hall.

After lunch there will be visits to the library and a display of material donated to the Literary Archive. A full programme can be seen on our website and you can book online at


Further information

Associated departments and research centres: English and Creative Writing


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