Sarah Gristwood – Secret Voices: A Year of Women’s Diaries

Tickets £10.50/£8.50




Sarah Gristwood’s latest anthology looks back over four centuries and draws on more than a hundred female diarists – some well-known, many less so. A fascinating, thought-provoking and entertaining compilation of daily entries range from Virginia Woolf relishing her new haircut and Oprah Winfrey meditating on her career to Emilie Davis chronicling the death of Abraham Lincoln and teenage Ma Yan yearning for education in poverty-stricken China. Secret Voices contains a rich mix of women from all cultures and backgrounds, and demonstrates how much life as changed for women, as well as how much it hasn’t.

Chaired by Claire Malcolm



‘An extraordinary achievement. It’s a book for all seasons – and all people. United across centuries, these women’s voices open doors to lost worlds and make them seem familiar. A modern classic.’ Alison Weir, author of Queens of the Age of Chivalry


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Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
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Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


28 Apr 2024


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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