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Writing Ourselves Back into History ... or, Why we still need queer historical fiction (Free event)

20 years ago, Jay Taverner delighted readers with their first lesbian historical romance. Now, to celebrate the publication of Liberty, the 4th novel in the ‘Brynsquilver’ series, the 2 women who write as Jay Taverner discuss how historical fiction can help us to illuminate our queer past.

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Writing Ourselves Back into History ... or, Why we still need queer historical fiction (Free event)

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03 Apr, 14:00 – 16:00

The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE, UK

About the Event

Jay Taverner is the author of three linked novels - Rebellion, Hearts & Mindsand Liberty - spanning the eighteenth century, and a millennial spin-off, Something Wicked. Although the stories stretch across space and time, they all have a connection to Brynsquilver, an ancient cottage in the Shropshire countryside close to the Welsh border.

The novels are the creation of not one but two people: Jacky Bratton and Jane Traies, writing together as Jay Taverner. Jacky lives in West Sussex with her partner and an elderly cat; she also publishes academic works on the history of theatre. Jane is an oral historian who has edited two books of lesbian life stories and lives near Brighton. The inspiration for the Brynsquilver stories came from a deserted cottage that they came across many years ago, and from their shared interest in writing women-loving-women back into history.

There will be a Q & A and book signing.

This event is sponsored by Pengwern Books.

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