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14 February 2018

Lyndall Gordon & Ruth Rosen:

"Five Women Writers who Changed the World"

Lyndall Gordon discusses her new book Outsiders, with readings by performer Ruth Rosen at Keats Community Library on 16th May at 7.30pm

Tickets are £10 from the Library ; also available online from Wegottickets.com CLICK HERE: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431571

This event was first performed at the Royal National Theatre for National Women's Day (8th March 2017)

"Gordon is a natural storyteller, and the lives stir us and fascinate us no matter how well we already know them . . . full of novelistic insight, pushing into the biographical material to substantiate her hunches, tracing patterns and repetitions in these writers' emotional lives and in their work" — Tessa Hadley, Guardian

Outsiders  tells the stories of five novelists - Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf - and their famous novels.

We have long known their individual greatness but in linking their creativity to their lives as outsiders, this group biography throws new light on the genius they share. 'Outsider', 'outlaw', 'outcast': a woman's reputation was her security and each of these five lost it. As writers, they made these identities their own, taking advantage of their separation from the dominant order to write their novels.

All five were motherless. With no female model at hand, they learnt from books; and if lucky, from an enlightened man; and crucially each had to imagine what a woman could be in order to invent a voice of their own. They understood female desire: the passion and sexual bravery in their own lives infused their fictions.

What they have in common also is the way they inform one another, and us, across the generations. Even today we do more than read them; we listen and live with them.

Lyndall Gordon's biographies have always shown the indelible connection between life and art: an intuitive, exciting and revealing approach that has been highly praised and much read and enjoyed. She names each of these five as prodigy, visionary, outlaw, orator and explorer and shows how they came, they saw and left us changed.

Ruth Rosen:

"One of England's leading poetry and prose performers."

Since leaving the Royal Shakespeare Company Ruth Rosen has established a unique international reputation for her highly individualised literary portraits and has appeared at many major national and international festivals and theatres.

Writers with whom she has frequently given performances include Harold Pinter, D. M. Thomas and biographer Michael Holroyd.

Rosen’s solo shows and dramatised readings, which she has devised and researched herself, are based on the work of a wide range of writers and other personalities and the work of a wide range of writers and other personalities.These include Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Bronte, Lou Andreas-Salome, James Joyce, Gandhi, George Sand, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, T.S. Eliot, the Scottish poet W.S. Graham, William Blake and John Keats. And artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Turner, Burne-Jones, and Anselm Kiefer.

Rosen's National Theatre Platform performances at the Olivier include a celebration of the life of Anna Akhmatova, "You will Hear Thunder", written for her by D.M. Thomas; the poems of W.S. Graham with Harold Pinter; The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas; and Bright Star, the poems and letters of John Keats.

"An inspired theatrical performance of great power and beauty...in such tones that all sense of time and space is utterly lost." Time Out.