How To Be A Heroine
with Samantha Ellis
Sunday 18 May
On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, playwright Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best, Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. The result led Ellis to realise that all her life she’d been trying to be Cathy – wild, free, passionate – when she should have been trying to be courageous Jane. How To Be A Heroine is a funny and inspiring memoir that explores the role of heroines from our favourite books.
Come and hear Ellis read from her book and discuss how our heroines change over time, for better or worse, just as we do. From a tussle between Gone With The Wind’s Melanie and
Scarlett to a showdown between Lace and Valley of the Dolls, find out once and for all who the real heroines are.
Event runs: c. 45 mins
How To Be A Heroine is a part of The Lives Of Great Women Writers: A Literary Festival In A Day
A day of literary events in honour of great women writers. Renowned biographer Dame Hermione Lee turns her attention to Penelope Fitzgerald; we hear from the Costa Biography Prize winning team behind
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes; Samantha Ellis helps us re-visit our literary heroines and bestselling novelists Diane Setterfield and Raffaella Barker discuss their work.
Tickets £6 per event or £20 for a day ticket
“All the books I love, remembered” Nigella Lawson