Writing Motherhood and Reading Shakespeare at Taunton Lit Fest

Saturday, 15 November, really has something for everyone. The day starts at Taunton Library with Shakespeare Aloud. This event is completely FREE, so pop in to listen or take part in a reading of Twelfth Night. Then it’s over to Egypt with Aidan Dodson, at Queen’s College. But one of the highlights of the day is Writing Motherhood – a discussion on writing as a mother and how motherhood impacts on creativity from three authors who know.

10.30 – 2.30  Shakespeare Aloud – Twelfth Night

Free at Taunton Library 
FREE event for visitors to join in with, or even just listen in to.Visit the library for a chance to read or listen to as much of the play as you wish, from five minutes to the full three and a-half hours. Script provided, so just turn up for some Shakespeare as you shop.

2.00 pm Aidan Dodson, Egypt: Golden Age, Heresy and Reformation (c. 1350-1300 BC)

£6.50 at Queen’s College, Taunton.amarnasunrise-143x179
During the 14th century BC, Egypt had reached the height of its wealth and power, controlling much of what is now Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and north-western Syria, together with vast swathes of northern Sudan. The kings of Egypt were members of a select club of rulers who called each other ‘brother’ and presided over a high point of international culture. But in the midst of all this, a king of Egypt attempted to set to nought millennia of religious tradition by abolishing the entire Egyptian pantheon in favour of a single sun-god, the Aten.


4.00 pm Writing Motherhood

£5.00 at Taunton Library

Carolyn Jess Cooke - head of the Writing Motherhood project

Carolyn Jess Cooke – head of the Writing Motherhood project

Does motherhood impact on a woman’s creativity? How do female writers with children manage to combine mothering and writing? Carolyn Jess-Cooke (author of The Boy Who Could See Demons), Lily Dunn (author of Shadowing the Sun and poet Kathryn Simmonds talk frankly about some the tensions surrounding motherhood and writing. The eighth event in a series of twelve as part of Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s Writing Motherhood project, funded by Arts Council England.



7.00 pm William Philpott, Attrition: Fighting World War 1

£6.50 at Brendon Books, Bath Place
A masterful, provocative, deeply-researched examination of the Great War from one of our foremost war historians, providing a much-needed corrective to the prevailing narrative of the twentieth century’s epochal conflict. The meaning of the First World War was too big to be grasped by its participants. Then the retelling and the myth-making began, the story told through the competing memories of leaders and commanders and the anguished fiction of its combatants. Any sense of order and
purpose, effort and achievement was missing. Attrition strips away this agenda and analyses the war from a fresh perspective.   Drawing on the experience of front line soldiers, munitions workers, politicians and those managing the vast economy of industrialised warfare, Attrition explains for the first time why and how this new type of conflict born out of industrial society was fought as it was.

To purchase tickets: Visit Brendon Books, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4ER.
Tel. 01823 337742 email: brendonbooks@gmail.com or click the links above to order online
(Please note there is a £1.00 charge for posting out tickets)
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