Susanna Watts and Elizabeth Heyrick: Leicestershire Authors and Activists in the Early 19th Century

A Literary Leicester Fringe Event

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Nov 14, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM


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In the opening decades of the 19th century, Leicester was home to two remarkable women, whose writings and involvement in social campaigns were to have a lasting effect on both their Leicester community and on British society. As tireless and outspoken advocates for the campaign to end slavery, and pioneers in the early animal rights movement, Elizabeth Heyrick and Susanna Watts played an active role in swaying public opinion in these campaigns. On a local level,

Elizabeth Heyrick
Elizabeth Heyrick
they worked and wrote within their community for the rights of workers in the hosiery industry and prisoners, as well as the poor and aged. They also produced many literary works, including the first ever guidebook for Leicester. This talk will explore their life and works in Leicester and beyond.

 This talk will be given by Dr Felicity James and Rebecca Shuttleworth, from the University of Leicester.

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