Event / AyeWrite! Glasgow Book Festival

Francesca Wade and Sarah LeFanu: The Art of the Literary Biography

15 Mar 2020 – 16.45 - 17.45

Sarah LeFanu’s Something of Themselves is a moving and insightful triple biography of Rudyard Kipling, Mary Kingsley and Arthur Conan Doyle. Each of the three had personal reasons to leave England for South Africa during the Boer War, and LeFanu charts the writers’ paths in the theatre of war, and explores how this period shaped their cultural legacies, shifting reputations, and influence on colonial policy.

Francesca Wade’s spellbinding group biography Square Haunting explores how five trailblazing women: writer Virginia Woolf, novelist Dorothy L. Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, historian Eileen Power, and poet H. D. pushed the boundaries of literature, scholarship, and social norms.


Something of Themselves
Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Anglo-Boer War
AyeWrite! Glasgow Book Festival
The Mitchell Library
North Street
Glasgow, G3 7DN