Politics, Power & People: How did Birmingham’s people gain & use the vote?

Fri, 20 September 2019 11:15 – 16:15

A creative writing workshop with local Author Fiona Joseph, inspired by Archive material relating to the impact of gaining the vote and WW1.

Join Birmingham historical novelist and biographer, Fiona Joseph, for a hands-on Creative Writing session around the theme of how Birmingham’s people gained and used the vote from 1918 onwards.
Archive material at the Library of Birmingham has been specially selected by The People’s Heritage Co-operative, Fiona and Corinna Rayner, Archives and Collection Manager. This writing workshop will give a unique opportunity to explore the many archival treasures themed around health, housing and women as activists and voters. You will be able to browse items such as election propaganda from the 1918 election, newspaper articles, pamphlets and photographs and use these as a springboard for your own creative responses.

Writers at ANY level, including beginners, are welcome. Just bring some writing equipment – pencil and paper or laptop.

During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to read your work to the group for reaction and feedback. (Please note that this is strictly optional!). Fiona Joseph will be able to offer professional guidance on shaping and editing your writing. You will also be able to submit your piece for possible publication as part of People’s Heritage Co-operative’s ‘Represent’ project and on the Library of Birmingham Archives and Collections blog.

This event is part of Birmingham Heritage Week and forms part of the People’s Heritage Co-operative’s ‘Represent’ project, exploring the impact of gaining the vote and WW1 on Birmingham’s people. It is supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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