It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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Published date: March 20, 2019
Last modified: March 20, 2019

Young Critics Review Lichfield Literature 2019 – The Perfect Words and A History of Women in 100 Objects (by Emily Robson)

The regal George Hotel gave the presentation of The Perfect Words a suitable erudite  atmosphere. The talk was structured as an interview where the two  authors discussed and linked  ideas from their books about  quotation and rhyme. The former was quotation  specialist Caroline Taggart and the latter was Diana Craig.

One theme which is particularly prevalent in both these subjects is the power and importance of old women who are often also a source of wisdom in literature. This character type dates back to a time when story tellers, mainly women, would recount tales whilst spinning. ‘To spin a yarn’ is to be a controller of a fate, weaving a story and shaping a story. I found this intriguing and very relevant to International Women’s Day where two female authors were discussing the power of words.

The theme of the empowerment of women was continued in A History of Women in a Hundred Objects. Dr. Janis Lomas discussed many unusual items that helped and marked a change in women’s history. A zigzag stitch on the sewing machine to the humble tap meaning that girls no longer missed out on an education by collecting water from nearby wells.

I felt that this presentation opened up your eyes to how many setbacks women faced and how, before the creation of these objects ,such as the refrigerator, contraceptive pill or the Barclay card. Women had been completely at the mercy of their husbands and men around them, or were slaving away at endless domestic tasks with little financial independence.

There was opportunity for audience participation after both talks. It was interesting to think that families each have personal quotations which are passed on through generations. One audience member commented that people seem to instinctively know the tunes linked to specific rhymes and wondered whether they could disappear over time which may cause a loss of the rhyme  itself.

In the city of Lichfield where Johnson lived, a quote which is attributed to him: ‘I didn’t have time to write you a short letter so I wrote you a long one instead’ interested me a lot. With this piece of advice in mind, I have tried to make this review to the point and will think about it when I  write more reviews  in the future!

By Emily Robson