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Women of History in Fiction

Thursday 7 April 2016

1 Hour


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Novelists Joanne Limburg and Kim Devereux discuss how the lives of women in history have been portrayed in fiction.

Both Limburg and Devereux have written recent novels centred around the lives of well-known characters in history. Limburg’s A Want of Kindness is about one of the most complex women in British history, Queen Anne. It follows her from the sickly ten-year-old child caught in a bawdy Restoration court to the mature woman who is transformed from an overlooked princess into the heir to the throne. Devereux’s Rembrandt’s Mirror explores the lives of the three women in Rembrandt’s life through the eyes of one of them, his housemaid Hendrickje. Although shocked by initial goings-on in the house, she finds herself drawn to the artist.

Limburg has also published three volumes of poetry and a memoir about anxiety and poetry, The Woman Who Thought Too Much. Devereux is an award-winning short-film director and producer of documentaries.

This event is part of the festival’s women in society programme sponsored by HSBC.