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Edinburgh marks International Women’s Day

Best-selling novelist Philippa Gregory is the guest speaker for the University’s annual International Women’s Day lecture.

Dr Gregory, who has achieved literary success with her popular historical novels, will take an amusing look at the challenges women may face in their life and career.

Dr Gregory’s lecture is one of a series of events organised in celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March.

Philippa Gregory’s lecture at Paterson’s Land in Holyrood Park will be chaired by journalist and commentator, Joyce McMillan.

Dr Gregory, who achieved a PhD in 18th century literature at Edinburgh in1985, is recognised as an authority on women’s history and a regular contributor to TV and radio as well s international newspapers.

She also reviews for the Washington Post, the LA Times.

Literary success

Her first Tudor novel, The Other Boleyn Girl, has been published in 26 countries and sold over million copies in the US alone.

The novel was also adapted into a Holywood film starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman.

Dr Gregory is also recognised for charity work. Twenty years ago, Dr Gregory created the Gardens for Gambia charity - an organisation which has helped build more than 60 wells.

Thousands of families have benefited from this investment which has helped communities learn about farming and food production.

Booking information

Thursday 8 March 2012, 6pm - 7.15pm, Room G1, Paterson's Land, Holyrood

The lecture is open to all and free. Doors open at 5.30pm.

Booking information

Other International Women’s Day Events

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) and Scottish PEN are hosting and an event to bring together creative writers, scholars and critics.

Speakers at the event include Professor Marianne Boruch, an acclaimed American poet, who has been appointed as the first Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, and celebrated New Zealand poet and novelist, Kapka Kassabova.

Networking for Women

The Saltire Foundation and the University of Edinburgh Business School Entrepreneurship Club are celebrating with a networking workshop for women on Tuesday, 6 March 2012.

EUSA (Edinburgh Uiniversity Student Association) is also supporting a series of International Women's Days events throughout the student, University and local community on Thursday, 8 March 2012.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 each year. The day originated in 1911 as an official day to recognise suffrage and the economic, social and political achievements of women.