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Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel

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Rachel Holmes biographer of Sylvia Pankhurst
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27 Oct 2020 7:30pm

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Sylvia Pankhurst was born into one of Britain's most famous families but she always carved her own way. As well as a militant campaigner for women's suffrage, she was a gifted artist and orator, a designer, newspaper editor and radical visionary.

Her activism landed her in Holloway prison where she was tortured, and her notes from this episode are featured in the British Library's Unfinished Business exhibition. Pankhurst's life of campaigning led her to America, Soviet Russia, Scandinavia, Europe and East Africa.

Biographer Rachel Holmes shares her adventures from inside the British Library’s Unfinished Business exhibition space, in conversation with Shami Chakrabarti.

Rachel Holmes is the author of Sylvia Pankhurst, Natural Born Rebel. ‘It’s impossible to summarise adequately a book so magnificent,’ commented The Times . She also wrote Eleanor Marx: A Life, The Secret Life of Dr James Barry and The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman. She is co-editor, with Lisa Appignanensi and Susie Orbach, of Fifty Shades of Feminism and co-commissioning editor, with Josie Rourke and Chris Haydon, of Sixty-Six Books: Twenty-First Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible.

Shami Chakrabarti is a barrister and human rights activist. She was shadow attorney general for England and Wales from 2016 to 2020 and was the director of Liberty, an advocacy group promoting civil liberties, from 2003 to 2016. She is the author of On Liberty and Of Women: In the 21st Century.

This event will be live streamed here by the British Library through the Living Knowledge Network.

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