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The Stirrings: A Memoir in Northern Time


29 November 2023 @ 6:30 PM 8:30 PM GMT

This is a story about one young woman coming of age, and about the place and time that shaped her: Sheffield in the 1970s and 80s.

About the scorching summer of 1976 – the last Catherine Taylor would spend with both her parents in their home in Sheffield. About the Yorkshire Ripper, the serial killer whose haunting presence in Catherine’s childhood was matched only by the aching absence of her own father. About a country thrown into disarray by the nuclear threat and the Miners’ Strike, just as Catherine’s adolescent body was invaded by a debilitating illness. About 1989’s ‘Second Summer of Love’, a time of sexual awakening for Catherine, and the unforeseen consequences that followed it.

Copies of The Stirrings will be available to buy and have signed at the event.

Carpenter Room, Central Library

Surrey Street
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 1XZ United Kingdom
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