Germaine Greer, writer, feminist and broadcaster, will be appearing at York Literature Festival 2014. The highly respected feminist will speak on 'The Disappearing Woman' at the Royal York Hotel's conference venue on Thursday 20th March at 7.30p.m.
Greer is the author of the acclaimed book The Female Eunuch and many other works, including a collection of journalism, a book on Shakespeare and The Change: Woman, Ageing and The Menopause. Her sequel to The Female Eunuch, The Whole Woman, was published in 1999. Constantly in demand as a critic, speaker and writer, Greer's schedule takes her all around the world. She has become known as one of the leading spokeswomen of modern times, speaking out against female gentital mutilation. Greer has also addressed issues surrounding aboriginal culture in Australia.
Miles Salter, Director of York Literature Festival, said: 'Germaine Greer is a recognised leader in the field of gender politics and a leading amabassador for gender equality. It's fantastic that she will be in York as part of the festival. I'm really pleased that she will be here. It will be a very popular event.'
The 2014 festival will run from 20th - 31st March and will feature well known names as well as writers from the York area. The festival is sponsored by York St John University, who are also supporting the Germaine Greer event. The festival has recently secured funding from several sources: £6,000 from Community York (City of York Council money for developing community in York), £7,500 from the Arts Council and £7745 from the Clore Duffield Foundation for a special project with young people.
'It's a strong line-up for 2014,' said Miles Salter, 'with some nationally recognised names from the worlds of literature, broadcasting and politics coming to York. We're looking forward to an ambitious festival that will attract visitors to York from around the UK. It's great to see the festival developing incrementally each year. I'm grateful to York St John University, the Arts Council, Community York and Clore Duffield for their support.'
In 2013, the festival had its most successful year to date, with gross ticket sales topping £10,000 for the first time. The festival was started in 2007 by City of York Council's libraries, and became a voluntary group in August 2009. The festival works with local partners including York St John University, York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust, City Screen Cinema, St Peter's School and more.
Tickets for the Germaine Greer event are priced at £13.00 each and are on sale from midday on 19th November via York Theatre Royal website: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk