Welcome to the new season of Local Writers Reading, our dedicated space for local authors and their work.

This season we are branching out into new genres, and on 26 October we welcome  creative historian Jo Stanley, who specialises in women who went to sea.

cabin_boys Jo will be reading from ‘From Cabin ‘Boys’ to Captains – 250 years of women at sea – it has its very own facebook page, so have a look and give it a like.  She will also discuss why and how fiction and creative arts can be used to tell the hidden histories.

Jo’s Website

“Traditionally, ships are places where women shouldn’t be,” said some men…

Women have a different story to tell, as Jo’s research has revealed.  From pirates to pursers, dancers to doctors, captains to cooks, Jo has written and talked about women in most seafaring occupations.

“A lively miscellany of female seafaring experiences” – Joan Druett, New Zealand, author of Petticoat Whalers and She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea

“A breath-taking account of women serving at sea in a variety of capacities over several centuries … a story of bravery and silent resolve. It tells of women who have faced discomfort, discrimination, harassment, violence, and abuse to silently pursue their ambitions and dreams” – Professor Helen Sampson, Director, Seafarers International Research Centre

“We meet cross-dressing pirates, but also the ‘floatographers’ and ‘acrobatettes’ aboard 20C cruise ships” – Professor Isaac Land, Indiana State University

Marsden Library
Wednesday 26th October
7.30 – 8.30 pm

£5 (£3) on the door, refreshments included.

All funds raised through Friends of Marsden Library activity contribute to the Library Re-Design appeal.  Attendance at events in Marsden Library helps to support the Library.




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