I’ll be discussing female protagonists in fiction with Stevie Davies at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August the 10th.
Stevie Davies, who comes from Morriston, Swansea, is a novelist, literary critic, biographer and historian. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Academi Gymreig and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Swansea.
You can visit her website here: http://www.steviedavies.com/index.html
Her latest novel is AWAKENING –
“AWAKENING: Wiltshire 1860: One year after Darwin’s explosive publication of The Origin of Species, sisters Anna and Beatrice Pentecost awaken to a world shattered by science, radicalism and the stirrings of feminist rebellion; a world of charismatic religious movements, Spiritualist séances, bitter loss and medical trauma.
Fetishist of working women Arthur Munby, irascible antiquary General Pitt Rivers, feminist Barbara Bodichon and other historical figures of the Victorian epoch wander through the backdrop of the novel, as Anna’s anomalous love for Lore Ritter and her friendship with freethinking and ambitious Miriam Sala carry her into areas of uncharted desire – while Beatrice, forced to choose between her beloved Will Anwyl and the evangelist Christian Ritter, who marked her out as a wife when she was only a child, is pulled between passion and duty.
Each is riven by inner contradictions, but who will survive when the sisters fall into a fatal conflict?”
I’m really looking forward to reading it.
The festival has a fantastic programme lined up for this year: