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Kitty Marion: The Forgotten Suffragette with Fern Riddell

Join historian Fern Riddell for the fascinating, never-before-told story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion. Fern Riddell, world expert on the terrorism of the suffragettes, finds a hidden diary and uses Kitty’s own words to tell the story of her sensational life and explosive actions, including her attack on Sefton Park Palm House.

Dr Fern Riddell is a historian specialising in sex, suffrage and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her books include, Death in Ten Minutes and Sex: Lessons from History. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Telegraph and Times Higher Education among others, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine.


In Death in Ten Minutes, Fern Riddell uncovers the story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion, told through never before seen personal diaries in Kitty’s own hand.

Kitty Marion was sent across the country by the Pankhurst family to carry out a nationwide campaign of bombings and arson attacks, as women fought for the vote using any means necessary. But in the aftermath of World War One, the dangerous and revolutionary actions of Kitty and other militant suffragettes were quickly hushed up and disowned by the previously proud movement, and the women who carried out these attacks were erased from our history. Now, for the first time, their untold story will be brought back to life.

Telling a new history of the women’s movement in the light of new and often shocking revelations, this book will ask the question: Why has the life of this incredible woman, and the violence of the suffragettes been forgotten? And, one hundred years later, why are women suddenly finding themselves under threat again?

Tickets are also available in person from Smithdown Social Arts Hub.