A Space of their Own Conference featuring Lisa Blower


This one-day conference aims to explore how 19th and 20th-Century women writers incorporated the idea of “place” into their writing. Whether writing form a specific location, or focusing upon a particular geographical or imaginary place, women writers working between 1850-1950 valued “a space of their own” in which to work.

The conference will look to the many ways women writers explored concepts of space and place and how they expressed these through their writings.  Author Lisa Blower, author of It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s (Myriad, 2019) will be attending and sharing insight into regional writing.

‘Her stories are at times the laugh-out-loud funny of Alan Bennett and at others, the achingly sad of the great, David Constantine.’—Paul McVeigh

Lisa won The Guardian National Short Story Award in 2009, and was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013 and longlisted for The Sunday Times Short Story Award in 2018. Her fiction has appeared in The Guardian, Comma Press anthologies, The New Welsh ReviewThe Luminary, Short Story Sunday, and on Radio 4. She is a contributor to Common People (2019) edited by Kit de Waal. 

The conference will run on the 26th June from 9 am – 6 pm. Tickets are available here.

For more information about the conference, contact [email protected].