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Meet the author: 5 minutes with Maggie Humm

Known for its rich culture and appreciation for literature, East Anglia is once again the host of the Bury St. Edmunds Literature Festival. This year's festival, taking place from 20th to 22nd of October 2023, is going to be an exciting celebration of books and writing.

Maggie's Heroes and Writing Journey

When asked about her heroes while growing up, Maggie fondly mentions Boudica. This legendary queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe, who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire, has been an inspiration for many, including Maggie. Her childhood fascination with Boudica's story and the adventurous tales she invented in primary school were early indications of her eventual path to becoming a writer. Despite her teacher's remarks about her stories being 'unrealistic', these experiences only fuelled her passion for writing.

Her Event at The Festival

Maggie is excited to share her work "Radical Woman: Gwen John & Rodin" at the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival. This novel narrates the tumultuous affair between artist Gwen John and French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Set in London and Paris from 1897 to 1917, the story focusses on pivotal moments that change Gwen’s life. The passionate affair, despite Rodin's other lovers, is life-changing for Gwen. The ups and downs of their relationship produce scenes of tense confrontation and equally intense love.

Maggie is eagerly looking forward to meeting lovers of Gwen John and historical fiction at the festival. She is also currently engrossed in reading "Mis Eliza’s English Kitchen" by Annabel Abbs. This novel explores enduring struggle for female freedom, the power of female friendship, the creativity and quiet joy of cooking, and the poetry of food.

Maggie's Unknown Fact

Did you know? Maggie founded the first UK undergraduate Women's Studies degree. This course has attracted many wonderful women (and men!) students. Join Us: Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival

Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear Maggie Humm discuss her novel about Gwen John in our panel event "Gwen John: A Radical Life In Art" at 1.30pm on Sunday, 22nd October 2023. The Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival is a must-visit event for literature lovers. For more information and to book your tickets, visit

Let's celebrate books and writing in the heart of East Anglia!

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