Lifelong Learning lectures
Angela Brazil wrote more than fifty children’s books between 1904 and 1946 and she developed and popularised the schoolgirl literary genre. Her work signalled a new direction in girl’s fiction moving away from restrictive Victorian notions of ideal girlhood to more modern, robust and liberating depictions. Although she is now largely forgotten her work paved the way for famous names such as Enid Blyton, Elinor Brent-Dyer, Ronald Searle and even J K Rowling. This lecture will investigate her life and influence as well as including some readings from her books.