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Writer and Journalist Bee Rowlatt talks about her new book In Search Of Mary: The Mother of All Journeys

15th January 2016
Venue: The Glapthorn Room, Fletton House, Fletton Way, Oundle PE8 4JA
Time: 7.45 - 8.45pm

Mary Wollstonecraft is famous as the pioneering feminist who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women. But she was also an intrepid traveller, journeying to Scandinavia accompanied only by her maid and baby daughter. It was shocking for a gentlewoman to travel without male protection in the 18th century and the book she published, Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, became a bestseller and an inspiration for Romantic writers and poets.

Enter Bee Rowlatt, a married mother of four, who is suffering from a “mum-life” crisis and in search of a mission. Having been smitten by Mary Wollstonecraft's travel book in her student days, Bee Rowlatt decides to follow, with toddler in tow, in the footsteps of the world's first celebrity feminist. Bee explores the vitality of Mary’s legacy and retraces the never-dying themes of babies versus careers, comparing her encounters with guilt, progress and inequality in the eighteenth century to those experienced by women today.

From the wild coasts of Norway to a naked re-birthing in California, via the blood-soaked streets of revolutionary Paris, Bee learns what drove her hero on and what’s been won and lost over the centuries in the battle for equality.

Bee also discovers the importance of celebrating the radiant power of love in all our lives.

In Search of Mary has been featured on Woman's Hour, ITV London news, BBC Meet the Author and in the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers.

"It’s brilliantly funny, poignant and important... Laugh, cry and be moved by the original feminist adventure with the brilliant Bee Rowlatt as your fun-loving friend." Shami Chakrabarti

"Rowlatt’s travelogue is always entertaining as she explores the life and times of the ever passionate and never compromising Wollstonecraft who, more than two centuries on, still has much to teach us." The Independent

Bee Rowlatt is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Telegraph and has reported for the World Service, Newsnight and BBC2. The co-author of the best-selling Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad (Penguin 2010) as well as one of the writers featured in Virago’s 2013 anthology Fifty Shades of Feminism, Bee won the K. Blundell Trust award for In Search of Mary. She has four children and lives in London.

Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 8th January, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

Open hours: 10.00am – 1.00pm Mon to Fri Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk

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