Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Public Lecture- 'Looking at Lady Rhondda- a biographical challenge'

The last of the Richard Burton Centre events of this semester will take place Monday 9th December at Swansea University. Renowned historian Professor Angela V. John will give a public lecture inspired by her latest book, Turning the Tide: The Life of Lady Rhondda. Margaret Haig Thomas, the second Viscountess Rhondda (1883-1958) was a woman of many parts.  A Welsh suffragette who also played a key role in extending the vote to younger women in the 1920s, she held important posts in Wales and England during the First World War and was later instrumental in securing a seat for female peers in the House of Lords. She became a leading industrialist and founded and edited the highly influential weekly paper Time and Tide. It dazzled British society with its cutting-edge perspectives and literary contributors.

This talk looks at how Lady Rhondda chose to present herself, considers how contemporaries and others have viewed her and suggests how her remarkable story might be re-presented.

Book launch and wine reception from 5.15pm
Lecture at 6pm in James Callaghan Lecture Theatre
Croeso i bawb/All welcome.