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Bridport Literary Festival Charity Number: © The Bridport Literary Festival Charity No: 1147075

A Very Special Literary Event

hosted by The Friends of the Bridport Literary Festival

 

Monday 12 June at 2.30pm

 

Terms & Conditions:
Life in Girls' Boarding-Schools, 1939-1979

 

Ysenda Maxtone Graham in conversation
with Prue Keely

 

Ysenda's book is not exactly a history of women's
boarding schools. Its not easy to say where you
would shelve it. It could be under memoir. Or is
it more like anthropology? ... The other option
would be comedy as 'its the funniest book you
will ever read all year' says Nicola Shulman in
her delightful preface.

 

Ysenda writes: 'When I asked a group of girls
who had been to Hatherop Castle in the 1960s
whether the school had a lab in those days, they
gave me a blank look. "A Laboratory?" I
expanded. "Oh that kind of lab" one of them said
"I thought you meant a Labrador."
And so we discover from this quietly hilarious
history of life in girls' boarding-schools, all kinds
of eccentricities and novelties which are today
almost impossible to imagine. Harsh matrons,
freezing dormitories and appalling food
predominated. Yet at some schools you could
take your pony to board with you for
companionship. Terms & Conditions evokes
members of a lost tribe - the Boarding-School
Women, grandmothers now and the backbone
of the nation who look back on their experiences
with a mixture of horror and humour.

 

Ysenda's conversation with Prue Keely takes
place on:

 

Monday 12 June at 2.30pm

at The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG

 

Tickets: £12 to include Dorset Cream Tea and Apple Cake

 

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