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Making History: An Evening with Hilary McCollum

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Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Room 3.15

Al Saints Campus, Oxford Road

Manchester

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Join award-winning author, Hilary McCollum, as she talks at Manchester Metropolitan University about the ethics and challenges of turning the lives of real suffragettes into fiction. This free event is part of our celebration of the centenary of [some] women gaining the right to vote.

Hilary is a feminist writer and campaigner. Her first novel, Golddigger, which spans the California goldrush and the Irish Famine, won the Golden Crown Literary Society award for historical fiction in 2016. Her second novel, Wild, set within the British suffragette movement, will be published next year.

She has been researching the suffragette movement for more than five years, looking particularly at the role of lesbians in the Women’s Social and Political Union.

Wild is based on the real lives of Emily Wilding Davison, who was critically injured protesting at the Epsom Derby in 1913, her close friend, Mary Leigh, a working class suffragette originally from Manchester, and Grace Roe, the Chief Organiser of the Women’s Social & Political Union, who was in love with Christabel Pankhurst, another suffragette with Manchester connections.

Hilary will share excerpts of her work and discuss the process of writing historical fiction and the relationship between fact and fiction. She will also talk about the potential for historical fiction to reclaim lost and hidden lesbian history.

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Al Saints Campus, Oxford Road

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