Ajay Close. The Scottish suffragettes: ‘A Petrol Scented Spring’

Friday April 20th

Suffragette Arabella Scott set fire to a racecourse stand, Frances Gordon to a mansion. Fanny Parker planted a bomb at Rabbie Burns’ cottage. Maude Edwards slashed the King’s portrait. Jailed in 1914, they refused to eat or drink, and were force fed by prison doctor Hugh Ferguson Watson. Ajay Close, novelist, playwright and award-winning journalist, will discuss the extraordinary characters who inspired her novel, A Petrol Scented Spring. The event includes photographs of the suffragettes and their targets.

3.00 – 4.00 The Mill on the Fleet  £5.00

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