Writer, performer and creative writing facilitator Becky Cherriman is writing a one woman show inspired by Morley social reformer and philanthropist Alice Cliff Scatcherd (1842-1906) and would like your input.
A social reformer and writer who set up a school for working women and campaigned for women’s suffrage, Alice Cliff Scatcherd still found time for a keen interest in fashion. She shocked late 19th Century conservative society by travelling Europe with her husband, without a wedding ring.
A woman of contradictions, Alice helped miners campaign for better rights and temporarily housed the Colonel who had been employed to quell their unrest. As part of her project, Becky Cherrmian asks: what do we make of the historical figure of Alice Cliff Scatcherd and how does she speak to the concept of the have-it -all, be-it-all modern woman?
Becky will be delivering a creative writing workshop as part of Morley Arts Festival that explores modern women at work and play. Taking inspiration from the life, character and interests of Alice Scatcherd, participants will write about real and fictional modern women - their passions, fashions, campaigns and complexities.
This event is free, however, donations towards project costs are accepted on the day, on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
Becky will also be delivering a drop-in session in the library on the same day, presenting a rare opportunity to view the Alice Cliff Scatcherd scrapbook, discover more about Morley’s heritage and see initial costume designs that have been influenced by Alice’s interest in Victorian fashion. More information here
These workshops and research with Morley Archives will be followed up by Writing Alice, a writing residency on the ground floor of Morley Library (Mon 17th to Fri 21st October, 10am to 3pm). Have your say on the work-in-progress and contribute your own ideas each day between 1 and 2pm.