Anne Lister book events, 2020

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All my Anne Lister events from today (18 March) to the end of April and beyond have had to be cancelled.

Most will be rescheduled, and as soon we have dates we will let you know. Stay safe!


February 2020:
LGBT History Month

12 Wednesday: Writing Anne Lister: an LGBT history - the Portico Library, Manchester - 6.30-8pm. The Gaskell Society co-hosts this event to celebrate LGBT History Month. Sold out. See 30th April for repeat event.

18 Tuesday: Writing Anne Lister. Oxford University History Faculty. Event 2-6pm, lecture at 4pm-5.30. Venue: History Faculty, George Street, Oxford. Organised by the Faculty's Centre for Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity. More info

How do you write about a woman who has already written over four million words? Reading Anne’s heavily abbreviated diary handwriting and deciphering her private code daunts even the most determined historians. In 1990 Jill Liddington, living in Halifax just a mile from Shibden, began work on the 1830s journals.

Female Fortune: land, gender & authority: the Anne Lister Diaries 1833-36 (1998, 2019), inspired Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack (BBC1/HBO).

Dr Liddington explores how Anne Lister has been presented by generations of editors and historians. She traces this story through the lens of LGBT history ~ from Anne Lister’s death in 1840, right up to Gentleman Jack in 2019.

20 Thursday: Writing Anne Lister: the real ‘Gentleman Jack’ - Southampton University, Stonewall Lecture. 6pm-7.30. Venue: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BF. See details above. Anne Lister bookstall & live streaming. Book tickets

Shibden Hall

Shibden Hall


March 2020

18 Wednesday: Writing Anne Lister: an LGBT history.

Hebden Bridge Town Hall 7pm.

Happy Valley Pride’s Big Night Out.

Booking www.happyvalleypride.com & go to tickets.


April 2020

Anne Lister Birthday Celebration 1st - 10th  

Anne Lister walks are organized by www.CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk Go to this link for booking & to check there are still tickets.

1 Wednesday: Anne Lister’s Halifax: mock marriages & effigy-burning - walk, sold out.

2 Thursday: Anne Lister’s Shibden: Her Private Face - walk, sold out.

3 Friday: Anne Lister’s Shibden: marriage, mining & money - walk, sold out.

4 Saturday: Who was the real Anne Lister? Halifax Minster, 7pm. Jill Liddington & Helena Whitbread. Talk, sold out

6 Monday: Anne Lister’s Halifax: mock marriages & effigy-burning - walk.
At Easter 1834, Anne Lister & Ann Walker attended communion in York. Anne ‘prayed our union might be happy’, and Ann soon moved into Shibden. Meanwhile, their coal-mining and ‘Blue’ door-stepping continued. Immediately after the 1835 Halifax ‘window-breaking election’, ‘mock marriage’ announcements appeared in Yorkshire newspapers. Then in 1836, lurid tales reached Shibden of Anne and Ann being burnt in effigy down in Halifax. Who was behind both these public jibes ~ and why?
Meet at 2pm in the Piece Hall by Book Corner, HX1 1RE. A 2-hour circular walk round Halifax, with short readings from Female Fortune, & ending with tea & Q&A. Some steep steps, & walking shoes/boots advised. Booking: www.CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk

Halifax Minster

Halifax Minster

7 Tuesday. Anne Lister & Christopher Rawson: Rivalry & Riches. 6pm-7.30?
Join us in the intimate setting of Hope Hall, Christopher Rawson’s magnificent home. Jill discusses the complex relationship between Anne Lister & powerful banker Christopher Rawson, exploring the political allegiance and industrial rivalry between two of Halifax's most dramatic figures.
Venue: Albany Club, Clare Road, Halifax. Doors open 5.30 for 6pm start. Organized by the Book Corner, which also provides the Anne Lister bookstall. Chaired by Laura Johansen. £16.50 ticket, includes glass of wine.  Booking

Hope Hall

Hope Hall

18 Saturday: Anne Lister’s Shibden: Her Private Face. A 4-hour walk from Halifax climbing slowly up Old Bank to Shibden, to recreate Anne’s estate in 1832 when she returned from her travels. Re-acquaintance with neighbouring heiress Ann Walker changed her life ~ for ever. Anne Lister deployed her considerable persuasive skills to enthral and seduce this wealthy young woman - all out of sight of Halifax’s prying eyes.  With short readings from Nature’s Domain, ending with tea, cake & Q&A. A CHW walk.
Meet: 11.30 am in the Piece Hall by the Book Corner, HX1 1RE. Walk leaders: Jill Liddington & Steve Crabtree. Walking boots/shoes advised; bring packed lunch & snacks.

21 Tuesday: Anne Lister - what did she ever do for Calderdale? After her death in 1840, silence surrounded Anne Lister & her amazing diary. Outside local Antiquarians, few people knew much about her. Right up until 1984 when the Guardian published an article headed ‘The two million word enigma’. I’d recently moved to Halifax - and was soon hooked. Only to discover it wasn’t 2m words but 4 million! Anne Lister books followed. Yet it was only with Sally Wainwright’s 2019 drama series Gentleman Jack (BBC1/HBO) that Anne Lister won a global following. So what’s this triumph doing for Calderdale?
Venue: Hebden Bridge Library, Cheetham Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EP. Free with refreshments on donation. Anne Lister bookstall. Booking.

25 Saturday: Anne Lister’s Shibden: marriage, mining & money. With Ann Walker now moved into Shibden, Anne Lister began to realize her coal-mining ambitions. This walk passes by the Moss House where her determined courtship began. It climbs steadily up Pump Lane, then curves round by Walker Pit - sunk in 1835 and named in honour of Ann. By 1836 Anne Lister’s grand plans for Shibden’s grounds could begin to take shape.
Meet: 2pm, Meerside Café, HX3 6XG. A 2½ hour walk, with one steep ascent. Walking shoes/boots advised. Ends with tea, cake & Q&A. A CHW walk.

30 Thursday: Writing Anne Lister: an LGBT history ~ the Portico Library, Manchester ~ 6.30-8pm. This talk in February booked up so quickly that the Portico is offering it again! For details, go to Oxford talk (above, February 18th). Booking

May 2020

9 Saturday: Anne Lister’s Halifax: mock marriages & effigy-burning.
A 2-hour circular afternoon walk round Halifax, with short readings from Female Fortune, & ending with tea & Q&A. See Mon 6 April (above) for details. Booking: www.CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk

11 Mon: Who was the real Anne Lister? - 7pm.
Maverick traditionalist, landowner, traveller, scholar – Anne Lister was a richly talented woman who lived a lesbian life in 1830s’ Halifax. Enjoy an evening of insights and discovery with Jill Liddington. Her book Female Fortune: the Anne Lister diaries 1833-36 inspired scriptwriter Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack (BBC1/HBO), and so to bring this remarkable woman to world attention.
Venue: Marsden Mechanics, Colne Valley. Tickets: £3. Anne Lister bookstall. Booking details to follow.

16 Saturday: Anne Lister’s Shibden: marriage, mining & money.  Meet at 2pm, Meerside Café, HX3 6XG.
See Sat 25th April for full walk details. A 2½ hour walk. Booking: www.CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk

30 Saturday: Anne Lister - what did she ever do for Calderdale? 2pm
Venue: Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse HD6 2AF. A joint venture with the Friends of the Rydings. For full details, see Tues 21 April (Hebden Bridge Library). Free with refreshments on donation.
Booking - With Anne Lister bookstall.

June 2020

4 Thursday: Anne Lister’s Halifax: mock marriages & effigy-burning. Meet 6pm: A 2-hour circular evening walk round Halifax, with short readings from Female Fortune, & ending with tea & Q&A. See Mon 6 April (above) for full details. Booking: www.CalderdaleHeritageWalks.org.uk


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