Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile

In Her Own Voice

Mary Ann Sate coverAlice Jolly’s new novel ‘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. In this session Alice will look at other works of fiction written in extra-ordinary first person voices.

Using short extracts from a selection of novels, she will encourage the group to explore in detail how first person voices operate. First person voices can obviously bring a character vividly to life but how do they also create a sense of place, even a whole world? Are such novels mere ventriloquism or can a writer sometimes find his / her own voice through adopting the voices of another? How can the exploration of such voices encourage us – in life and literature – to find common ground with those we find unsympathetic?

As part of this session Alice will also be offering participants the opportunity to create and explore some voices of their own. The voice is said to be the muscle of the soul. Through working that muscle we can create change and add richness to our self-expression – either in our lives or our creative work.

No prior reading is required for this session.