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Telling The Suffragettes’ Story at Shree Hindu Centre, Birmingham

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A wonderful day at the Shree Hindu Centre

What an inspirational day I spent last week-end in Birmingham, hosted by the local Hindu Community. They put on a whole day of presentations about inspirational women and their empowerment. About 200 people attended including many men; it was attended by the Mayors and other local dignitaries .

I was to speak on The Suffragettes’ Story so, although the organisers found me through my book writing website, I became a historian for the day and enjoyed it so much. The audience was so attentive and receptive; all the people were friendly and interested in everything and made a lovely lunch – which gave rise to chats about Jewish and Hindu dietary laws, so I wore my Interfaith hat for a while.

I even sold a few of my books, which I had not expected at all and will always remember the warmth of the welcome I received. I hope to put up some photos of the event soon.

Upcoming: Talk to Manchester Luncheon Club

So lucky – people are still interested in hearing about issues raised in my poetry and my novels, ‘Not in our Hands’ and ‘The Purple Rose‘ (and in reading them.)  All the groups who invite me to speak choose different talk titles, which keeps me on my toes! Talk at the Manchester Luncheon Club on Jan 14th is called ‘Unravelling the threads’. Another, popular title is ‘From Suffragettes to spaghetti’ but it’s great to be able to share my stories with so many, different people.

Why haven’t I posted anything for ages?

That’s easy – I’ve been very busy, taking my novels to many lovely places around Cheshire and Manchester to tell people how my books have taken me on a journey, from suffragettes to spaghetti. With the centenary of women’s suffrage, ‘The Purple Rose’ has taken on a new life! In between I’ve performed some poetry at some open mic evenings,a lively one at Coco’s Altrincham . Apart from book talks at clubs and groups, I’ll be presenting at the Mellor Lit Fest on June 30th. This link :http://mellorliteraturefestival.uk will allow you to sign up for more info as it comes out. There are many, great sessions planned and I’ll be talking about and signing ‘The Purple Rose and ‘Not in our Hands’, as well as putting on a fun writing session for children. See you there?

2018 marks 100 years since votes for women!

So what better time for people to read a novel with an authentic suffragette backdrop set amongst present day family conflict and ask: Is a liberated woman ever truly free? Does my first novel, The Purple Rose hold the answer? And what about the next generation? How did the suffragettes actions affect their children, grandchildren and even the great grandchildren?

In Not in our Hands, my second novel, you’ll see what kind of a young man one such great grandchild became. But you’ll also be with him as he discovers Tuscan secrets, beautiful Umbria and forbidden love.

The Event at The Pankhurst Centre

My book talk on March 2nd, at this very special place was a great thrill – it was a privilege to speaking in the Pankhursts’ home. Considering the evening traffic and parking difficulties there was a wonderful turnout, for which I was very grateful. Max, my husband did a great job with refreshments which included honey cake (as eaten in The Purple Rose) and amaretti (as eaten in Not in our Hands) but the real icing on the cake was the quick tour that Gail, of the Pankhurst Centre, gave to our guests. It set my talk in context , together with anecdotes told by another family member about Grandma, the real suffragette. It was the fist time that I found a real connection between my two novels: food and family ties.Thanks also go to Levenshulme radio, too, for their interview ‘plug’.

Great News for 2017

On Thursday, March 2nd 2017, at 6.30, I am very lucky, as the granddaughter of a suffragette, to have been given space at The Pankhurst Centre, Nelson St Manchester, to talk about why and how I came to write The Purple Rose, my first novel. With a suffragette back story, the novel poses the question ‘Is a liberated woman ever really free?’

Entry is free. There will be refreshments and books on sale.

To be able to talk in that particular house is so special and it’s not that tricky to get to: Approach Grafton St from Upper Brook St; turn into it and left again to the NHS multi-storey car park, & you’ll see the Centre on the right, on Nelson St.

Please book by email:charlottegringras@gmail.com