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International Women’s Day: Rachel Holmes — Sylvia Pankhurst

EVENT UPDATE: Litfest very much regrets that due to Covid Rachel Holmes will be unable to come to Lancaster to speak in person on International Women’s Day 8 March.  The online version of this event will still go ahead – in-person ticketholders will be contacted in due course.

Born into one of Britain’s most famous activist families, Sylvia Pankhurst was a natural rebel. A free spirit and radical visionary, history placed her in the shadow of her famous mother, Emmeline, and elder sister, Christabel. Yet artist Sylvia Pankhurst was the most revolutionary of them all.

Sylvia found her voice fighting for votes for women. She was imprisoned and tortured in Holloway prison more than any other suffragette, but the vote was just the beginning of her lifelong defence of human rights. In Sylvia Pankhurst Rachel Holmes interweaves the personal and political in an extraordinary celebration of a life lived in resistance, painting a compelling portrait of one of the greatest unsung political figures of the twentieth century.

“No one writes history quite like Rachel Holmes with her astounding gift for animating the past and revealing its uncanny contemporary relevance” -Shami Chakrabarti
“A riveting new biography. A big book and an extraordinary life.” -Andrew Marr, Start The Week, BBC Radio 4


Rachel Holmes is the author of 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 of Fifty Shades of Feminism and I Call Myself A Feminist. She lives in West Sussex.

How to Watch:
In person at The Auditorium, The Storey
Online via Crowdcast

Watch in-person £8 (£6 concessions)
Watch online £5

Online Tickets

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Sylvia Pankhurst-Natural Born Rebel book cover


08 Mar 2022


7:30 pm


The Storey Auditorium
Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Location 2

Online via Crowdcast

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