Award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon looks at the lives of five women writers who were outsiders and who changed the world – Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf.
Gordon throws new light on the shared genius of the five writers by linking their creativity to their lives as outsiders. She says each of these women writers lost their reputation in some way and ended up as outsiders, outcasts or outlaws. Each, she argues, made these identities their own and took advantage to write their novels.
This event is part of St Hilda's Day at the Oxford Literary Festival.