Friday 9th June 12pm – The Meakin Room BOOK TICKETS ONLINE
Emma Bridgewater says: “Paula Byrne is an unstoppable force, her enthusiasm for the life stories of intriguing women is palpable and she is a great communicator, I find her utterly compelling and I am hugely looking forward to her session.
“She has written about almost unknown subjects Mary Robinson and Dido Belle ( google these women and you will want both books- I swear it!) as well as a masterly Life of Jane Austen, a new look at Evelyn Waugh and most recently the story of Kick Kennedy. She will be interviewed by her distinguished husband Jonathan Bate, so I’m hoping for a session which might be both candid and wide ranging: don’t miss it!”
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.