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How to Write a Female Villain

Anna Cermakova and Michaela Mahlberg of the University of Birmingham

Saturday, 23rd Mar 2019
15:00 - 16:00

Suitable for ages 10-14 years

£3.50 per child

Online booking opens on 12th March 2020 at 9:30a.m.

Tickets for this event are sold via Cambridge Live. For all Box Office enquiries please call 0122 335 7851 otherwise call the central BookFest team on 0121 472 7989.

The Blue Coat School

Centenary Building, The Blue Coat School Birmingham Limited, Somerset Road, Birmingham

This hands-on workshop will both be fun and also include some serious research.

The focus will be on fictional characters and how authors make them memorable. The workshop will be packed with activities: you will do reading, researching, and writing! You will be thinking about characters you love and hate. How did the authors create those characters? Why do you love or hate them?

We will experiment with language in a computer lab and use a huge collection of digitised books to find out how words can create specific meanings and impressions on the reader.

Maybe we will also find the perfect female villain - but they are few and far between, aren’t they…?

Dr. Anna Cermakova is a Marie Curie Fellow and Prof. Michaela Mahlberg holds a chair in corpus linguistics. At the University of Birmingham, they jointly work on a project called GLARE, in which they explore how boys and girls, and men and women are described in children’s literature.

Can you write a story about a really wicked woman (or girl)? Then enter our Glare/BookFest competition and you could win a stack of books!


Workshops are a wonderful way of spending time being creative together - but we do ask that adults buy tickets if they intend to take part, use materials and sit with their children. One ticket per participant please! Workshops classrooms are not suitable for children under 5.

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