ALI SMITH ON HERO­INES LOST AND FOUND

Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Talking Points -

‘You’ve got this huge truck called “the canon­i­cal”, and the women fall off the back of it.’ This was Ali Smith’s warn­ing in an em­pow­er­ing talk with Bazaar’s lit­er­ary editor Erica Wag­ner that em­pha­sised why fe­male writ­ers need to fight for their right to a voice. From res­ur­rect­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of his­tory’s for­got­ten hero­ines, such as the pop artist Pauline Boty and the self-taught civil en­gi­neer Emily War­ren Roe­bling, to prais­ing the in­spi­ra­tional ex­am­ple of Do­ria Ragland at the royal wed­ding, Smith paid trib­ute to those who seek to change the sta­tus quo by open­ing their minds to al­ter­na­tive ways of think­ing. ‘The lives we lead are a mess,’ she said, ‘but the art we cre­ate is our way of re­spond­ing to that mess.’

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