Fri, Jul 22|
The Octagon Theatre
An Evening at The Octagon with Jill Liddington
Join us at the Grassington Octagon for an exciting night all about Ann Lister, the realy story behind Gentleman Jack
Time & Location
Jul 22, 2022, 7:00 PM
The Octagon Theatre, 48 Main St, Grassington, Skipton BD23 5AZ, UK
About the event
An Evening at the Grassington Octagon Theatre with author Jill Liddington
Jill Liddington is coming to the Grassington Octagon on the 22nd August to talk to us about the real Ann Lister and Jill's research into this amazing woman
Tickets for this event are £5.
Tickets can be bought in The Stripey Badger or online here
Female Fortune is the book which inspired Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack, now a major drama series for the BBC and HBO. Lesbian landowner Anne Lister inherited Shibden Hall in 1826. She was an impressive scholar, fearless traveller and successful businesswoman, even developing her own coalmines. Her extraordinary diaries, running to 4-5 million words, were partly written in her own secret code and recorded her love affairs with startling candour. The diaries were included on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2011. Jill Liddington's classic edition of the diaries tells the story of how Anne Lister wooed and seduced neighbouring heiress Ann Walker, who moved in to live with Anne and her family in 1834. Politically active, Anne Lister door-stepped her tenants at the 1835 Election to vote Tory. And socially very ambitious, she employed architects to redesign both the Hall and the estate. Yet Ann Walker had an inconvenient number of local relatives, suspicious of exactly how Anne Lister could pay for all her grand improvements. Tensions grew to a melodramatic crescendo when news reached Shibden of the pair being burnt in effigy. This 2022 edition includes a fascinating Afterword on the recent discovery of Ann Walker's own diary. Female Fortune is essential reading for those who watched Gentleman Jack and want to know more about the extraordinary woman that was Anne Lister.
Octagon Jill Liddington£5.00