Naomi Booth on Violet Hunt

Violet Hunt was a writer born in Durham in 1862. She went on to found both the Women’s Suffrage League and English PEN, as well as becoming a prolific writer and literary salon host. Durham Book Festival and English PEN have commissioned acclaimed author and Durham University academic Naomi Booth, to write a piece exploring Violet Hunt’s extraordinary life.

Naomi Booth is a writer and academic. Her stories have been long-listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize, and anthologised in Best British Short Stories 2019. Her first work of fiction The Lost Art of Sinking was published in 2015 and won the Saboteur Award for Best Novella. She has published two novels, Sealed, which was shortlisted for the Not the Booker Award 2018, and Exit Management, which was a Guardian Fiction Book of the year in 2020. Naomi is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Durham University.

Naomi booth will be appearing at Durham Book Festival, interviewing authors Jessica Andrews and Natasha Brown.

Read the essay here