Winifred Holtby is best remembered as the author of South Riding (1936). But Holtby’s prowess as a novelist was only fully appreciated posthumously.
During her lifetime, she always doubted her status as a writer, feeling it compromised by her commitment to various political causes such as peace, social justice, feminism and race equality. ‘I still shall never quite make up my mind whether to be a reformer-sort-of-person or a writer-sort-of-person’, she once confessed. South Riding is where we see a balance between the reformer and the writer. This talk explores how Holtby achieved this and what she can still teach us about negotiating the demands of politics and art in our own time.
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Age restriction: Attendants must be over the age of 12.