*The Life and work of Zora Neale Hurston
Thursday 28 January. 7pm (90mins)
Zora Neale Hurston became the most successful and most significant black woman writer of the first half of the 20th century as one of the most significant female writers of the Harlem Renaissance, whose writings on black heritage from a female perspective are unparalleled.
Over a career that spanned more than 30 years, she published four novels, two books of folklore, an autobiography, numerous short stories, and several essays, articles and plays.
Born on Jan. 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, Hurston moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, when she was still a toddler. Her writings reveal no recollection of her Alabama beginnings. For Hurston, Eatonville was always home.
Established in 1887, the rural community near Orlando was the nation’s first incorporated black township. It was, as Hurston described it, “a city of five lakes, three croquet courts, three hundred brown skins, three hundred good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools, and no jailhouse.”
Join acclaimed authors Bonnie Greer, Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Busby to celebrate the life and work of this remarkable writer, who continues to inspire many authors today,
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Venue: The Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street,
London, E1 7NT. For press: Contact Erika Chivers 0207 320 3503/2
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