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Helen Taylor, Women Who Read Fiction

Helen Taylor, Women Who Read Fiction

Book Tickets

Wednesday 25 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now (Early bird £1 off till 18/03)

Oundle Festival of Literature presents


Helen Taylor


Why Women Read Fiction


Wednesday, 25th March at 7:30pm


The Oundle Suite, Fletton House

Glapthorn Road, Oundle, PE8 4JA


Tickets: £8/£6




In a fascinating new book, Helen Taylor, teacher, scholar of women’s writing, and literary festival director, examines just how precious fiction is to contemporary British women readers and offers candid insights into the challenges female writers often face, including publishers’ expectations and critics’ assumptions.


Ian McEwan once said, 'When women stop reading, the novel will be dead.' Female readers are key to the future of fiction and―as parents, teachers, and librarians―the glue for a literate society.

This book draws on over 500 interviews with and questionnaires from women readers and writers. It describes how, where, and when British women read fiction, and examines why stories and writers influence the way female readers understand and shape their own life stories.Taylor offers a cornucopia of witty and wise women's voices, of both readers themselves and also writers such as Hilary Mantel, Helen Dunmore, Katie Fforde, and Sarah Dunant.


Helen Taylor is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Exeter, Honorary Fellow of the British Association of American Studies, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow 2016-18. She is author of several books.


Please consider your own favourite book from childhood, or a book that means a great deal to you for whatever reason and come with a williness to share your thoughts.



The OWL Talks: Lucy Siegle: The Era of the Generous Wardrobe

The OWL Talks: Lucy Siegle: The Era of the Generous Wardrobe

Book Tickets

Wednesday 25 Mar 20207:30pm Book Now

Transition Oundle presents


The OWL Talks


Lucy Siegle: The Era of the Generous Wardrobe


Wednesday, 25th March


Doors & bar open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm


Oundle School Great Hall

New Street, PE8 4GH


Tickets: Adults £10 / U19 £5


Guardian journalist & BBC presenter Lucy Siegle has constantly pushed for a green, clean fashion culture. Following on from her book To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world?, documentary The True Cost and her #30wears rule, she now invites you to experience The Generous Wardrobe, a system of dressing and self expression based on earth logic, innovation, regenerative fibres and above all, generosity of spirit.


It is time, she says, to put fast fashion in the bin and rescue our fashion souls. Are you ready?  *** audience members are invited to wear (or bring) a piece of clothing they love and share the story of its longevity.   


This event is one of a series called the OWL talks - part of the Oundle Waste Less project organised by Transition Oundle - which aim to promote discussions about current thinking around the shift towards lower carbon and more 'eco' lifestyles. Topics covered include decluttering, carbon offsetting, Incredible Edible Todmorden, Closing The Loop (the circular economy) with more events in the pipeline.  


Supported by Nene Living, Village Connect and Transition Oundle. Funded by National Lottery Fund and East Northamptonshire Resource Management Fund.