Jenni Murray – Jersey Festival of Words
18th September, 2017
Boadicea battled the Romans. Nancy Astor fought in Parliament. Emmeline Pankhurst campaigned for female suffrage. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became a pioneering physician in a man’s profession. Mary Quant revolutionised the fashion industry. Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs.
It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In her new book A History of Britain in 21 Women, journalist, broadcaster and veteran host of Radio 4’s Women’s Hour Dame Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians – all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their stories are enthralling and beguiling; they have the power to inspire us once again.
Join Dame Jenni at Jersey Opera House as she discusses her motivations for writing the book and delves deeper into the histories of the women featured within. Interviewing her will be returning festival chair and renowned writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.