A presenter of Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour is due to give a talk at Durham’s Gala Theatre this February.

Jenni Murray will base her talk around her book A History of the World in 21 Women. The book explores the lives of inspirational women from various parts of the globe and various periods of history.

Though some of the women Jenni celebrates in her book are well-known, there are others whose achievements have languished in obscurity.

Jenni’s talk will build on a sell-out talk she gave last year – entitled A History of Britain in 21 Women – at the Durham Book Festival.

Jenni’s upcoming talk is due to feature women ranging from artists and reporters to activists, politicians and heads of state.

There will be references to scientist Marie Curie, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and Empress Cixi of China.

By discussing the struggles and triumphs of women whose stories are so often censored and forgotten, Jenni hopes to disprove the infamous statement of the philosopher Thomas Carlyle that ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men.’

The manager of Durham’s Gala Theatre, Robin Byers, said, “Who better to celebrate the women who have shaped the world we live in than Jenni Murray?”

“For more than three decades, she has interviewed inspirational women from all backgrounds and reported on the issues that matter to them.”

A History of the World in 21 Women is a chance to find out about unsung heroines and gain a fresh perspective on those we think we know.”

Jenni Murray’s talk will take place on Monday 11th February at 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at £18. To book tickets, please go to www.durhamgala.co.uk or telephone 03000 266 600.


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