Professor Anna Birch FRSA has lived in Stoke Newington for over 30 years, in the late 1990’s she learnt that Mary Wollstonecraft lived and worked on Newington Green in the 18th century. As a theatre, director, researcher and activist she has made work to celebrate both the life and legacy of Wollstonecraft. She writes about her ‘living monuments’ practice and has curated exhibitions, published books, screened films inside and outside, commissioned writers and artists and collaborated with Hackney Museum, Walking Women, Clissold House, N16, Portavillion, Gillett Square, Rio Cinema, Glasgow Women’s Library, New Unity @Newington Green, Mildmay Community Centre, Newington Green Action Group, Imece Women’s Centre, Air Gallery, NYC, Queen Mary University and GraceGraceGrace plus countless creatives to celebrate our extraordinary transhistorical neighbour.
Anna is a founder member of the Mary on the Green Campaign maryonthegreen.org and a member of the Centenary Action Group (CAG) Chaired by Dr Helen Pankhurst
She is delighted to be invited to Chair this Stoke Newington Lit Fest event: www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com
Join artist Tamsyn Challenger, academic Dr. Hannah Dawson and director and activist Anna Birch to discuss the pioneering spirit of Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97). How has her influence shaped their professional lives and does her example as writer, philosopher and human rights activist still resonate in this centenary year for women’s suffrage? Includes performances by artists Rachael House and Jemima Burrill.
Part of ‘Wollstonecraft Presents’, a new arts commissioning platform inspired by the life and work of Mary Wollstonecraft – http://www.wollstonecraftpresents.com