Friday 9th June 12pm – The Meakin Room BOOK TICKETS ONLINE
We welcome acclaimed biographer welcome Paula Byrne to the Festival to discuss her award winning biographies exploring the lives of legendary figures Jane Austen, Dido Belle and Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy.
Paula will share insights of Austen’s inner thoughts, published in her landmark study that overturns the traditional portrait of Jane Austen as conventional and genteel, revealing the far tougher, more socially and politically aware and altogether more modern woman behind the novels, in a special “in conversation” event with her husband, the renowned literary scholar and critic Jonathan Bate.
Her most recent book is a biography of Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy’s favourite sister, who married the heir to Chatsworth House before her early, tragic death. Paula wrote the tie-in book to the award-winning movie, Belle, in which she told the true story of Dido Belle, the daughter of a slave who was brought up by the Lord Chief Justice of England in the years leading up to Abolition.
Join Paula at the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival to hear more about these intriguing figures and their lives.