Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather

Sunday 1 September

Venue: Royal Victoria Hotel

12.00 to 13.00

Tickets: £7.50, students £5
Joint ticket with ‘Women of Westminster: the Women who Changed Politics’ with Rachel Reeves MP and Danuta Kean’: £15.00

Fashion, Fury and Feminism

Suffragettes, feathered hats and the plumage fight. Why did the magnificently hatted Mrs Pankhurst cross swords with Mrs Lemon, formidable founder of the RSPB? Why was the plumed hat such an important part of the suffragette brand? And why were the women who saved the birds erased from the conservation narrative? Prepare to be shocked, surprised and amused in this revelatory talk. 

Please Note that Hastings Litfest Book Club will meet to discuss Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather on Thusday 29 August at the Jenny Lind Inn. Click for details.

Tessa Boase

Tessa Boase grew up on the Ashdown Forest, Sussex; studied English at Oxford and Italian in Florence; and has worked for a variety of magazines and national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph.
As a freelance journalist she’s written widely on society, the environment, the food chain, and the link between all three. As a narrative non-fiction author, her interests lie in uncovering stories of invisible women from the 19th and early 20th-centuries.
She’s married to the CNN journalist Nick Glass, and lives between the Sussex coast and a smallholding in the Sabine Hills, Italy.

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