CAST Word Nights | Women Who Made the Modern Age

  • CAST
  • March 18
  • 19:00 - 21:30
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CAST Word Nights presents Women Who Made the Modern Age

Free admission, all welcome
CAST Café will offer a £10 supper after the event. Please email or text 07814 101551 to reserve a place for supper.

Image: from left Amelia Earhart, Björk, from Modern Women, published by Frances Lincoln

Writer Kira Cochrane will visit CAST shortly after International Women’s Day to talk about and celebrate women who made the modern age.

Kira Cochrane is Opinion Editor for The Guardian and was previously a features writer for the paper, and Women’s Editor from 2006 to 2010. Her latest book, Modern Women, is a celebration of some of the influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, the women included have all paved the way for gender equality.

Kira will talk about how contemporary events have cast the achievements of these extraordinary women in a fresh light. She will discuss how their lives also enable bigger stories to be told: the suffrage movement, the civil rights struggle, advances in science and technology, the push for artistic freedom and the importance of equality in all sections of society.

The book covers well-known names including Virginia Woolf, Katharine Hepburn, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Ana Mendieta, Ada Lovelace and Nina Simone, but Kira also looks into the lives of those arguably less well known, including filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché, vaudevillian Vesta Tilley and strike leader Jayaben Desai.

International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

‘Word Nights’ is a new series of occasional literary evenings programmed by Colin Midson.