Local writers to celebrate suffrage exhibition's success at Mount Stewart

The historic property will host special readings to mark the end of Faces of Change: Votes for Women which commemorated the suffrage centenary in 2018

To mark the close of the successful Faces of Change: Votes for Women exhibition at Mount Stewart, run in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery and National Trust NI, a group of inspiring female writers from Women Aloud NI will be performing two exclusive readings of their unique prose this weekend.

A celebration of the success of the exhibition, this exclusive literary event will focus on the themes of Women and Power, voice and identity and will take place at the historic County Down property on Saturday February 2.

The occasion will see inspirational writers from across Northern Ireland come together in the majestic surroundings of the Dining Room at Mount Stewart. Guests will have the opportunity to join eleven writers from Woman Aloud NI at one of two sessions, one taking place at 12 noon, and the second at 2pm. Each writer will spend around five minutes regaling visitors with works inspired by the Faces of Change exhibition, or by the theme of voice and identity.

The writers performing at the event include, Maureen Boyle; Trish Bennett; Kerry Buchanan; Kelly Creighton; Byddi Lee; Moyra Donaldson; Anne McMaster; Liz Weir; Karen Mooney; Kendra Reynolds and Gaynor Kane. Each writer will bring their unique experience and genre to the event, collectively they will enthral guests with work of their own creation.


Neil Watt, House and Collections Manager at Mount Stewart said, 'I am delighted that we will host an event to mark the close of our impactful Faces of Change exhibition and it has been a great honour to work in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. It will be fantastic to listen to these talented writers performing at Mount Stewart, in a setting that is historically known as a place where great conversations were held, and creativity was born. We are thrilled to welcome writers from across Northern Ireland – Fermanagh, North Coast and Glens regions to take part in this unique event.'

Women Aloud NI, founded by Jane Talbot, comprises of a group of writers who work to raise the profile of the women's writing scene, representing the female voice in Northern Ireland literature. The group aims to create a supportive, proactive and aspirational environment for their membership and to make women’s voices heard.

Karen Mooney, Women Aloud NI member commented, 'As a National Trust member and a regular visitor to Mount Stewart, the Faces of Change: Votes for Women exhibition really caught my attention. I felt that a unique gathering of women’s voices would complement this remarkable perspective of women’s campaigning roles within the suffragist movement.

'I believe the collective impact of women writers coming from across Northern Ireland, sharing their work in a wonderful setting so closely associated with the campaign for women’s rights, will place the history and context of the exhibition within an everyday framework. The event will powerfully echo the ethos of Lady Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry, as well as encouraging the development of women’s writing in Northern Ireland.'

The event will be held at Mount Stewart during normal opening hours and will be open to the public to attend – normal admission charges apply/members can attend for free. Booking essential via Mount Stewart Reception in person or by calling 028 4278 8387.  For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-stewart