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Stories of Strong Women: Women In The Shadows

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

10.30am, 18 October

Spielman Centre, Arnos Vale Cemetery, £5

Who were the women behind the scenes who turned the tide of war, helped immigrant communities thrive, and built the buzzing city of Bristol we see today?

The Bristol Festival of Literature and Arnos Vale present Stories of Strong Women Women In The Shadows. Adela Straughan of Arnos Vale interviews local writers to cast a spotlight on the strong women who shaped our society.

You’ll hear humour, stunning insights and above all, amazing stories. With journalist Jane Duffus, author of “The Women Who Built Bristol”, journalist, entrepreneur and musician Charmaine Lawrence and novelist Christine Purkis.

Parking is free of charge, but limited. Buses from Bristol city centre stop right outside Arnos Vale, and it is a 20 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

Book a Wonderful Women tour of Arnos Vale after the event (1pm, £5).


Adela Straughan is the sales and marketing manager at Arnos Vale cemetery, responsible for raising funds through events and bookings to keep this atmospheric graveyard free for the people of Bristol to visit.

Jane Duffus is a Bristol author, editor, journalist and public speaker. The second volume of her enlightening book, "The Women Who Built Bristol", will be published by Tangent Books on 21st October. She is passionate about independent pop culture, women's history, feminism and endurance running. 

Christine Purkis is a Bristol author. Her latest novel, "Jane Evans", was published earlier this year by Y Lolfa: a fictionalised account of the first Welsh woman drover, who also nursed at the Crimea under Florence Nightingale.

Charmaine Lawrence is a Bristol journalist, musician and entrepreneur. She is CEO of N9ne Cosmetics and of Mogul Magazine, a unique and exciting digital lifestyle experience. 


Address: Spielman Centre, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Rd, Bristol, BS4 3EW

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