Jenny Uglow celebrates National Women’s History Month, and its theme ‘women inspiring innovation through imagination’, with a talk about Sarah Losh, who built an extraordinary church in a village near Carlisle in the 1840s. As a woman innovator, Losh broke all conventions in designing the church, supervising its building, and even carving the alabaster 60 years before women architects were accepted into the RIBA. Jenny Uglow’s books include Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories, The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future and, most recently, The Pinecone, a biography of Sarah Losh. Her work has won her numerous prizes, and enormous critical acclaim. ‘No one,’ writes A.S. Byatt, ‘gives us a feel for the past as Jenny Uglow does.’ Writer, critic and broadcaster Hermione Lee has written biographies of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton, and is working on a life of Penelope Fitzgerald.
Part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival.
Recorded on Friday 1 March 2013.