“good writing…demands that we come into the text”
We’re thrilled to share this podcast recording of Alice Jolly’s session for the ReLit Summer School 2018, “Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile: In Her Own Voice”. Drawing on her experience of creating a distinctive voice for her recent novel, Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile, Alice Jolly introduced participants to a variety of vivid and challenging first-person narratives. Participants were then invited to take part in a free writing exercise to explore, in their own words, some of these ideas about the creation of voice.
Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile is the story of a Gloucestershire maid servant and her life in the Stroud Valleys in the 1830s. The book is written in Gloucestershire dialect and draws heavily on ballads, novels and poems of the period.
You can read an outline of the Summer School session here.