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Life Writing Seminar Series - Belinda Webb

Date:13 April 2010, 5:00pm to
13 April 2010, 6:30pm
Location:Room JG1004, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus

Life Writing Seminar Series

All are welcome; booking is not required.


  • Belinda Webb (Kingston), ‘Mary Burns: A Novel-in-Progress’
  • Jane McVeigh (Roehampton), 'Telling Stories: Narrative Truth in Biography'

About the Speakers

Belinda Webb's debut novel, A Clockwork Apple, was published in April 2008. With a background in corporate public relations, Belinda has also written on a wide range of literary and political topics for The Guardian, Tribune and Society Today. She has had short fiction published in Ambit and Her current work, Mary Burns, is about a female writer attempting to research and write about the nineteenth century long-term partner of Friedrich Engels, Mary Burns. It is best described as 'experimental' because of its negotiation of the genres of autobiography/biography and fiction. However, it also questions the feminist preoccupation with 'rescuing' history's forgotten women and raises issues on the authenticity and ethics of 'life-writing' as well as the stark under-representation of the female working-class voice in British literature.

Jane McVeigh is a third year PhD student at Roehampton, a Visiting Lecturer at Strathclyde and Roehampton universities and has wide experience of working in the voluntary sector. She is studying British literary biography since the late 1960s, researching questions about biography's relationship to theory. Recent conference papers in 2009 were 'Biographies as Composite Stories', at Kings College and 'Shared Experience in Biography' at Lincoln University.

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