The 'Electrifying Women' Project was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and based at the University of Leeds. It was a nine month project started in June 2019 to mark the centenary of the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society (WES).
As stated on the project's website, the aim was to broaden public awareness of women’s diverse collaborative roles in engineering since the 19th century, showing the many precedents for women’s future roles in engineering.
The project ran a series of events including workshops and talks. One of these was a creative writing workshop that Jennifer participated in. It captured her imagination as the idea of the workshop was to take fact to fantasy. Jennifer began by looking at Laura Annie Willson, (1877-1942). She was born in Halifax and worked from the age of ten in a local factory. Later she became involved in the Trade Union and the suffrage movement. She was also a founder member of the Electrical Association for women. Jennifer has written a fictitious letter from Annie and this is included in a published anthology. Jennifer enjoyed being able to mix facts and fiction, creating any missing parts of the story.
From this workshop the 2nd edition anthology was created. You can buy a copy of this for just £3.50 including P&P (UK). For every copy sold, £1.50 will be donated to the commemorative sensory garden project for Rochesters' suffragist, Vera Conway-Gordon. Contact Jennifer to buy.
If you are interested in also purchasing a copy of the 1st edition anthology, you can buy both the 1st and 2nd editions for just £5.50 including P&P (UK). £3.50 will be donated to the Vera Conway-Gordon commemorative sensory garden project. Contact Jennifer to arrange.