A free public lecture by Professor Angela V. John at Swansea University.

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On Monday 9 December 2013, Professor Angela V. John will give a lecture entitled 'Looking at Lady Rhondda:  A Biographical Challenge'.  The lecture will start at 6 pm in the James Callaghan Lecture Theatre, Callaghan Building, Swansea University.

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.

Angela V. John is a biographical historian. She comes from Port Talbot originally, spent many years in London where she was Professor of History at the University of Greenwich and now lives in Pembrokeshire. She is currently an Honorary Professor at Aberystwyth University. Turning the Tide is her tenth book. Her previous biographical subjects include Lady Charlotte Guest, Elizabeth Robins, Henry W. Nevinson and, most recently, Evelyn Sharp. She is a vice-president of Llafur, the Welsh People's History Society and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. See http://www.angelavjohn.com/  for more information.

With book launch and wine reception from 5.15pm. 

In association with

Learned Society of Wales