Textile Stories Day in Shrewsbury featuring Lisa Blower


A Textile Stories Study Day has been arranged by the University Centre of Shrewsbury and University of Chester for anyone interested in textiles and their fascinating stories. Author Lisa Blower will be taking part with a short reading of an exclusive story written for the event.

The day will explore textiles in relation to the key ceremonies in human life, from naming ceremonies such as christenings, to weddings and funerals. How have the garments associated with such ceremonies changed over time? What sorts of fabrics and colours have been used? How have these ceremonies been depicted in literature, art and in film? From the medieval period to the present day, we will consider how conventions have changed and the importance of textiles to these key moments in human life.  The study day will involve talks, displays and stalls.

Lisa is author of It’s Gone Dark Over Bill’s Mother’s (Myriad, April 2019), a fabulous collection of award-winning short stories dominated by the working-class matriarch. Lisa celebrates her characters with stories they wouldn’t want told. She makes the bleak funny, and brings to life the silent histories and harsh realities of those living on the margins.

For the timetable and to book your tickets, please head to the event page here.