Lost Voices writer-in-residence: Beth Underdown

Beth Underdown

2018 marks 100 years since some women in Britain got the vote. However, due to age, marriage and property qualifications the majority of women weren’t given a voice in 1918. From 3 March – 7 October 2018 the Lost Voices exhibition is exploring the lives of women at Quarry Bank whose voices weren’t heard then and who often remain lost to us today. In response to Lost Voices and as part of Trust New Art, we’ve commissioned Beth Underdown as our writer-in-residence.

Beth was born in Rochdale and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester. Her debut novel, ‘The Witchfinder's Sister’, is based on the witch-hunts orchestrated by Matthew Hopkins in seventeenth century Essex and won the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown 2017. Beth will be in residence at Quarry Bank in March and April, researching in the archives and discovering more about the themes and characters of Lost Voices. She will then create new fiction inspired by her research, and present it at Manchester Literature Festival in October 2018.

Beth Underdown writing

Meet Beth

You can meet Beth at Manchester Literature Festival 2018. On Saturday 6 October, Beth will be at Quarry Bank doing a walking performance of the new ghost stories that she's written as writer-in-residence. She'll also be doing an off-site performance in Manchester city centre in mid-October.

" I'm delighted to have been appointed as a National Trust writer-in-residence. As a northern writer I feel very connected to the cotton industry which employed some of my ancestors, and I'm excited to see what inspiration I can draw from a place so rich with shared history. To have this opportunity in the centenary year of some women winning the right to vote feels particularly special, and it will be really interesting to try to capture something of this pivotal historical moment in my work, alongside the life of Quarry Bank today."
- Beth Underdown

Upcoming events

Lost Voices

Tue 22 May 2018
10:30-16:00
Lost Voices explores the experiences of women whose stories were not heard, and which are often lost to us today because of their age, status or means. Installations across Quarry Bank will bring their voices to life.

Journeys of the Imagination

Tue 22 May 2018
10:30-16:30
Pack your bags for an adventure as we discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank. Based on newly written stories by Berlie Doherty with beautiful illustrations by Emma Baldwin.

Garden Tour

Tue 22 May 2018
11:30-12:00
Join one of our garden team every Tuesday for a special guided tour.

Water Power Tour

Wed 23 May 2018
11:30-12:00
Join one of our expert power team every Wednesday to discover how water powered the mill.

Caring for Quarry Bank

Thu 24 May 2018
11:30-12:00
Join our expert archives and collections team every Thursday to discover how we look after and tell the stories of Quarry Bank.

Lost Voices Exhibition Tour

Fri 25 May 2018
11:30-12:00
Join our programming team every Friday and every second and forth Saturday of the month for a special tour of our Lost Voices exhibition.