How to Be a Heroine with Samantha Ellis

Date: 18/05/2014 Times: 3.30pm Prices: £6 (Or £20 for day ticket) Location: The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral

Rediscover your literary heroines with Samantha Ellis, author of How to Be a HeroinePart of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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"All the books I love, remembered." Nigella Lawson

On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about which heroine was best, Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw. The result led Samantha to realise that all her life she’d been trying to be Cathy – wild, free, passionate - when she should have been trying to be courageous Jane.

How To Be A Heroine is a funny and inspiring memoir by playwright Samantha Ellis. Attracting praise from all corners, it explores the role of heroines from our favourite books.

Come and hear Samantha read from her memoir and discuss how our heroines change over time, for better or worse, just as we do. From a tussle between Gone With The Wind’s Melanie and Scarlett to a showdown between Lace and Valley of the Dolls, find out once and for all who the real heroines are.

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About Samantha Ellis

Samantha Ellis is a playwright and journalist. The daughter of Iraqi-Jewish refugees, she grew up thinking her family had travelled everywhere by magic carpet. From an early age she knew she didn’t want their version of a happy ending – marriage to a nice Iraqi-Jewish boy – so she read books to find out what she did want. Her plays include Patching Havoc, Sugar and Snow and Cling To Me Like Ivy, and she is a founding member of women’s theatre company Agent 160. She lives in London.

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