The November meeting will be on Wednesday 29th at Blackwell’s Book Shop, 48-51 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BQ. 7-9pm
Mavis Curtis, author of The WI: a Centenary History and What the Suffragists did next, talks about how she became interested in local history and in particular women’s history and how it took her 79 years to get a book published.
Her writing career began when she was in her forties and tried, without success, to write a Mills and Boon novel, though she did get two short stories published in People’s Friend. Much later it continued with a three volume thesis on children’s oral tradition, which earned her a PhD, but didn’t teach her how to select her material or précis what she’d discovered.
In Oxford she learned to focus her writing by composing articles for the Oxford Times Limited Edition about the history of Elsfield, the village where she lives and former home of John Buchan.
Her discovery of the remarkable but unremarked stories of women in the early days of women’s colleges in Oxford, in particular the Brown Books of Lady Margaret Hall, made her want to bring these stories to a wider audience, a goal which she has finally managed to achieve.
This promises to be a very interesting talk so please come and support Mavis and bring your friends. This meeting is free for guests.
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I am very sorry to be missing tonight’s meeting- it sounds so interesting. Unfortunately I have come down with a heavy cold and don’t want to infect anybody.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and I hope to see you in the New Year.