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Exe-X South West Alumnae talk and networking event

Mothers of the Mind: the Remarkable Women Who Shaped Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie and Sylvia Plath with historian and author Rachel Trethewey

Our alumnae (female) graduate event will start with informal networking, followed by a talk from Devon historian and popular Exe-X speaker Rachel Trethewey, on her new book ‘Mothers of the Mind’, hot off the press. Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie and Sylvia Plath are three of our most famous authors and, for the first time, Rachel tells the story of the remarkable mothers who shaped them. Julia Stephen, Clara Miller and Aurelia Plath were fascinating women in their own rights and their relationships with their daughters were exceptional; profoundly influencing the writers’ lives, literature and attitude to feminism. Too often in the past Virginia, Agatha and Sylvia have been defined by their lovers. Rachel’s study redresses the balance, charting the complex, often contradictory bond between these women and their mothers.

Event details

Drawing on previously unpublished original sources from archives around the world and talking to family and friends of the women, this book offers a new perspective on these iconic authors.

A post-talk discussion with Rachel will explore some of the issues raised and the event is a great opportunity to meet fellow female graduates.

How to book: Book online - but seating is limited

Booking note: This is a free to attend event and includes refreshments, and parking is available for free on campus after 6pm.