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In Conversation with… Ajay Close

10th March, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Free – £3
Book Cover Ajay Close A Petrol Scented Spring

Book Cover Ajay Close A Petrol Scented SpringIn the first of her visits to GWL this spring Ajay Close will be in conversation with our own Donna Moore about her novel A Petrol Scented Spring that looks at a turbulent time in Scottish suffragette history and portrays the real people on both sides of the Scottish struggle for votes for women.

In Conversation with Ajay Close on Thursday 10th March from 6pm

In the summer of 1914 Perth Prison held Scotland’s most militant suffragettes, women determined to fight for their rights with any weapon to hand: fire, bombs, even their own bodies. But they met their ruthless match in prison doctor Hugh Ferguson Watson. This led to protests across Scotland. Thousands of suffragettes picketed the Perth prison gates, and disrupted local church services and cinema screenings. When the King and Queen visited, a protester managed to climb aboard the royal car. There were even rumours of a plot to bomb the doctor’s house.

Ajay will read from her book, talk about the Scottish suffragettes and their treatment in Perth Prison and discuss what makes the suffragettes relevant to us now.


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10th March, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free – £3
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267


Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267