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Joyce & Moira

Joyce Quin and Moira Kilkenny – Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East

20th October 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Visitor Centre (upstairs)

Tickets £6

Please note this event is upstairs and no lift is available.

The authors will explain the origins and span of their book followed by outline biographies of some of the “Angels of the North”. These will include Mary Astell, England’s first feminist writer, and Catherine Cookson who at the height of her fame was Britain’s best-selling author. Other notable female politicians, scientists, explorers, artists and reformers will also be highlighted.


Joyce Quin

Rt. Hon. Baroness Joyce Quin was brought up on Tyneside and graduated from Newcastle University and the London School of Economics.  She was a University Lecturer before being elected to the European Parliament in 1979 and the House of Commons in 1987.  She served as a Government Minister from 1997 to 2001.  Now a Member of the House of Lords she published, in 2010, a book on the British Constitution.

Moira Kilkenny

Moira has a degree in History from Durham University and a Masters degree from Newcastle University. She worked in education throughout her life, becoming Head of St. Philomena’s High School for Girls in Surrey, a post she held until her retirement. Throughout her career of over 30 years, she has worked to raise the aspirations and achievement of the young and especially girls. In retirement she enjoys being close to her grandchildren, Chairs the Warkworth History Society and is a frequent visitor to  local archive offices  in pursuit of fresh role models to inspire us all, old and young.