Event 18

Wednesday 8th November 2023 | 10.30am

Event 18 | Celia Brayfield | Writing Black Beauty


Celia Brayfield – Writing Black Beauty – Anna Sewell and the Story of Animal Rights

Bestselling author Celia Brayfield tells the story of an extraordinary woman. Anna Sewell grew up in Victorian London, permanently disabled from an early age fall. Rejecting the life of a invalid, she developed a remarkable empathy with horses. Rebellious and independent minded, empowered by women writers, activists and abolitionists, she wrote her now book – Black Beauty – published sadly after her death. It became a beacon for the animal welfare movement.

An illustrated talk

Introduced by Tanya Bruce-Lockhart, Festival Director

When: Wednesday 8th November 2023 @ 10.30 am
Where: The Bull Ballroom
Sponsored by: Robert and Diana Clarke


Celia Brayfield has written nine novels and eight non-fiction books, most recently Writing Black Beauty:Anna Sewell and the Story of Animal Rights (The History Press, 2023.) Her first career was as a journalist, mostly with The Times and London’s Evening Standard.  She has one daughter and lives in Dorset where she enjoys gardening, croquet and fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast.


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