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Not Bad For a Girl

Sat
12th March 2016 14:15
Blue Room, Southbank Centre
Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Throughout history the poetic achievements of women have been consistently tarred by the brush of their gender. From the critical, but long forgotten roles played by female writers in the ancient world to those perpetually excluded from the modern canon, the struggle has been hard fought. Poetry has carved the way for an explosion of self expression and subversion of dominant cultural norms. Join Charlotte Higgins, Shahidha Bari, Andrew McMillan and Juliet Stevenson to remember history’s greatest poetic mavericks.

Dr. Shahidha Bari is Lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a co-founder of the intellectual salon, How to Live. She is a member of the editorial board of New Formations and is one of ten AHRC BBC Radio 3 ‘New Generation Thinkers’ selected in 2011. In 2014 she was awarded the Anthony Burgess award for arts criticism for her essay on Medea.

Charlotte Higgins is the chief culture writer of the Guardian and a member of its editorial board. A classicist by education, she is the author of three books on aspects of the ancient world. Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction, the Thwaites Wainwright prize for nature writing, and the Hessell-Tiltman history prize. This New Noise was published in 2015

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University.

Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. She has worked extensively for the RSC, National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance as Paulina in Death and The Maiden in 1991. She recently starred in Beckett’s Happy Days at The Young Vic to huge critical acclaim. Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply and Being Julia.
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