BreakTheBias Through Storytelling will be held in Broadstairs as part of a program to mark International Women’s Day.
The event, which is also part of the fringe Power of Women festival, takes place on March 10 at Holy Trinity Church Hall.
Moderated by Madeleine White, Broadstairs editor, marketing director and former magazine boss, the aim is to explore how voice, place and connection define our idea of what it means to be a woman in today’s world. today through a variety of media.
Madeleine will be “In Conversation” with a stellar cast of writers and performers: Maggie Harris, Laure Meloy, Anne Stairmand, Setareh Franklin and Jill Smith.
The event will support Anne Stairmand’s Refuge in Literacy, a charity committed to helping people living in domestic violence shelters improve their chances of literacy.
Anne is a bestselling children’s book author and works with many authors and shelters across the UK. The books will be donated to Deborah Cartwright, CEO of Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, overnight. Anne Stairmand will also speak.
Madeleine published her first novel Mother of Floods in 2020. The book follows the tradition of writers such as Margaret Atwood – The Handmaiden’s Tale – and Paulo Coehlo -The Alchemist – exploring what it means to be human in the 21st century and how people develop their culture. , spiritual and digital identities.
Mum-of-three Madeleine is a former freelance journalist whose first big story was for the Evening Standard in the 1990s examining how her family coped with her father’s bipolar disorder. The article coincided with the release of Robert de Niro’s film on the subject, Mr Jones.
The former Clarendon grammar student later turned to teaching and was the mastermind behind Oi! Magazine produced for and by young people and launched with the Marlowe Academy. The magazine went national as So! in 2009. She then worked on the Nina-Iraq.com magazine – launched with the World Bank – for women in Iraq.
The magazines were all platforms to give voice to disenfranchised communities.
Madeleine said: “”I am a storyteller who for the past few years has focused on building and strengthening communities in emerging markets. I have a particular interest in supporting women’s networks.
“Mother of Floods is a change of direction, a change in which I turned my attention to try to win hearts and minds through fiction. The power of stories, both real and fictional, is enormous to change opinions and open us up.
“Although I still work in other fields, I have come to believe that sometimes fiction is far more powerful than factual journalism and reporting in terms of uncovering the truth about a situation.”
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