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Women and Disability in Just William author’s novels

Whilst known for her Just William stories, it is Richmal Crompton's other, less well known novels focusing on woman and experiences of disability that Honorary Research Fellow Dr Jane McVeigh will give a public lecture about at the annual Just William Meeting on April 8th at the University of Roehampton.

Posted: 10 March 2017

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The cover of the first Just William book. Courtesy of the Just William Society

Despite being the author of the Just William stories, loved by millions of adults and children, Richmal Crompton's forty novels are less well-known. Dr Jane McVeigh will give a lecture on these novels, which often focus on the lives of women stifled by patriarchal expectations, and the experiences of disabled people who are patronised and marginalised within family and community life. These works, which were published from 1923 until 1960, reflect the social and cultural changes at the time.

Dr McVeigh's lecture will be part of the Just William Annual Meeting, which will take place on April 8th at the University of Roehampton, celebrating the Richmal Crompton Archives held in the university's library. The collection includes Richmal Crompton's personal library, records relating to her personal life and copies of her works, including multiple editions of the Just William stories. The archives will be open to view on April 7th, the day before the meeting.

The Annual Meeting will consist of a variety of talks about Richmal Crompton and her series of children's books about an eleven year old boy named William.

To book a place at the meeting on 8th April, please email the Secretary at [email protected] by March 26th. Tickets are £32, and £17.50 for students, and include lunch. A special ticket option is available for £5, and is valid for either the morning or afternoon sessions.

Find out more about studying Children's Literature at the University of Roehampton.

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