Ellah Wakatama Alfrey, literary critic and Editor-at-large at Canongate, will deliver the 2020 Harriet Martineau Lecture.
Organized by the UK’s National Centre for Writing, the annual lecture seeks to celebrate the life and legacy of Harriet Martineau, English author and renowned feminist whose work championed gender equality and fairness. The lecture invites globally-renowned speakers to engage with Martineau’s work. Previous speakers have included Ali Smith, Kate Mosse and Sarah Perry.
Ellah Wakatama’s lecture, titled “None but Ourselves” explores “a personal journey of self-discovery through reading and storytelling. Beginning in secondary school in 1980, the year Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, she interweaves the works of Doris Lessing, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Toni Morrison to explore the impact that the words and ideas of women writers have had on her life.”
Date: Sunday 30 May, Time: 7pm BST, Venue: YouTube. The event is free to attend, but you do need to register here to get a link.
In addition, the event features a stunning visual score from film-maker, visual artist and poet Julianknxx.
Go here to learn more about the event.