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’ won the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown 2017.

Beth has been in residence at Quarry Bank, researching in the archives and discovering more about the themes and characters of Lost Voices. As part of Manchester Literature Festival, she will be showcasing her new work, 'Love makes as many' for the first time. 'Love makes as many' are ghost stories about love – and love stories about ghosts – which capture the voices of five women at Quarry Bank, and the echoes they leave behind. 

Beth Underdown writing

Beth Underdown presents 'Love makes as many'

"1918, and some women in England have gained the right to vote. A few short weeks before the armistice, the shortage of cotton has brought a strange hush to Quarry Bank mill and the women who make their lives here. In the silence, their voices are suddenly loud: loud enough to be heard, even now, one hundred years on…" Join Beth at two events where she presents 'Love makes as many' and discusses her writing. Visit the What's On pages for details and to book tickets.

" 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
A view across the garden reflected in the gazing ball

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Upcoming events

Lost Voices

Wed 19 Sep 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.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition

Wed 19 Sep 2018
10:30-16:30
Meet the iconic children's character, the Tiger Who Came to Tea, in a special pop-up exhibition celebrating 50 years since the publication of Judith Kerr's classic. In association with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books.

Journeys of the Imagination

Wed 19 Sep 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.

Wild weekends with The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Nature Explorers

Sat 22 Sep 2018
11:00-15:00
Join us for a tiger related nature trail and scavenger hunt to celebrate The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition.

Wild weekends with The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Family Yoga

Sat 29 Sep 2018
11:30-13:00
Join in with family yoga at Quarry Bank, following The Tiger Who Came to Tea through creative movement, craft activities, storytelling and song.

Afternoon Tea with the Tiger Who Came to Tea

Tue 02 Oct 2018
13:30-14:45
Join us for a fun-filled afternoon tea and storytelling session inspired by the Tiger Who Came to Tea. Combine your afternoon tea with a visit to the Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition inside the mill for even more tiger themed fun.