YORK FESTIVAL OF IDEAS 2020 ONLINE FESTIVAL
Saturday 13th June, 7pm
'Square Haunting' with Francesca Wade
'A tribute by a gifted young writer to five remarkable predecessors.' - The Daily Telegraph
‘Rises above the publishing clichés to tell a deeper story about women’s autonomy in the early 20th century, about their work and education, politics and activism, eloquent, pellucid, sometimes poignant.’ - The Observer'
Endlessly interesting, unshowy, tightly argued and large-hearted'. - The Guardian
I like this London life ... the street-sauntering and square-haunting. - Virginia Woolf, diary, 1925
Mecklenburgh Square, on the radical fringes of interwar Bloomsbury, was home to activists, experimenters and revolutionaries; among them were the modernist poet H. D., detective novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and writer and publisher Virginia Woolf. They each alighted there seeking a space where they could live, love and, above all, work independently.
Francesca Wade's spellbinding group biography explores how these trailblazing women pushed the boundaries of literature, scholarship, and social norms, forging careers that would have been impossible without these rooms of their own.
Publisher: Faber & Faber