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The University of Sunderland is working with Sunderland Culture to promote and celebrate noteworthy local women. 


The Rebel Women of Sunderland Project was originally commissioned by Sunderland Culture for Heritage Open Day in 2019, in partnership with Open Heritage and Sunderland Heritage Action Zone and was inspired by the popular children’s book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, which has celebrated the achievements of women around the world. Ten women were originally selected from past and present to represent the diversity of the achievements of the women of Sunderland.  Find out more here


This year, we are introducing three new Rebels!  These are Katherine Backhouse (one of the Quaker community who actively campaigned against enslaved people); Ida B. Wells (journalist, anti-slavery and anti-racist campaigner); and Eileen O'Shaughnessy (poet, journalist and anti-Fascist activist who married the man we know as George Orwell).  


To celebrate the unveiling of these 3 new rebels, we are running a short “flash fiction” workshop. Attendees will work with our academics to create a short 150 word story introducing each of these three women and their remarkable stories. This workshop would be of interest to students studying English and History, with a particular interest in gender and racial equality issues and Black history.


Join us on the 8th March 2-4pm



172-5 High St W, Sunniside,






This event is aimed at students studying English and/or History. 

Places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment. 


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