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Inspiring story of women’s suffrage to be told through folk song at libraries

Article date - 21 March 2019

Acclaimed musician and storyteller Louise Jordan will present the true story of English suffragette and socialist, Hannah Mitchell, as part of the nationally-renowned Cultural Hubs, arts in libraries programme.
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The Hard Way: The Story of Hannah Mitchell is a one-woman show of storytelling with acoustic folk song, based on Hannah’s own autobiography, The Hard Way Up.

A self-taught, self-made woman, Hannah left home aged 14, exchanging one exploitative situation for another. During her intriguing life, she fought for gender equality, met Winston Churchill and spent time in Strangeways prison.

This show celebrates one woman’s determination to take power in the face of insurmountable barriers, motivated by a desire to improve life for those around her.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Balanced Development and Economic Opportunity, including arts and culture, said: “This is another wonderful example of what we're recognised nationally for here in St Helens; unique, creative and socially inclusive arts and culture activities. Hannah’s story is truly inspiring, and Louise has such a soulful singing voice – these are performances not to be missed!”

Catch The Hard Way on Thursday 28 March at Peter Street Library (2pm), or Billinge Library (7pm).

The performance is audio described, and is suitable for adults and teens aged 14 plus.

Tickets cost £6, £5 (St Helens Library card holders), or £3 (concessions). Book online at www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or visit any St Helens library to purchase tickets.

Cultural Hubs is funded by Arts Council England and delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service, which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.