Kate Pankhurst at the Bath Festival

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Today, lots of fantastically great women, girls, boys and men gathered at the Guildhall to hear the fantastically great Kate Pankhurst talk about her fantastically great books! With their lively illustrations, they are full of information about some of the amazing women who have changed our lives for the better.

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First, Kate told us about some of the wonderful characters in her books- Boudicca, Noor Inayat Khan and Josephine Baker. For each one, she dressed up a willing volunteer from the audience whilst she told us something about them and how she had chosen to illustrate them. There was plenty of audience participation as Kate asked lots of questions and for opinions as she chatted .

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Towards the end of her session, Kate told us about the (distant!) connection which she has to Emmeline Pankhurst. It was fantastic to see the enthusiasm and hear the knowledge which the children in the audience had- much obviously gained from Kate’s books!

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Kate then taught everyone how to draw a suffragette in action, drawing step-by-step. Watching the children near me, this was very successful and thoroughly enjoyed! My favourite bit was when Kate asked everyone to hold their pictures in the air, march them up and down and chant, ‘Votes for Women!’ Just great to see!

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It was a fantastic session, full of fun and learning. I’m off to draw a suffragette or two!

You can read our review of ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Made History’ here.

You can read our reviews of ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World’ here and here.