Germaine Greer enthrals a full house at Saffron Hall

19:00 03 February 2014

Germaine Greer chatting to member of the audience.

Germaine Greer chatting to member of the audience.


Members of Germaine Greer’s audience queued eagerly for up to an hour to have their books signed after her talk, staged by Words in Walden at Saffron Hall, on Saturday night.

As they reached her table, each person was given Greer’s generous interest as she engaged in conversation.

She fascinated a packed house with an impassioned talk about ‘The Disappearing Woman’ – about how, across the world, even before birth, girls’ and women’s needs, concerns and issues are often sidelined if not entirely neglected. She urged the audience to ask themselves why we allow this to happen, and, once we realise there are no good reasons for it, to try to do something about it.

Jo Burch, of Words in Walden, said: “Germaine, an iconic figure worldwide, had commented that she had lived in the area for 40 years and never before been asked to speak here. It was particularly special for us therefore, that she was our first speaker in the new world-class auditorium.

“She has written and spoken as a feminist for very many years but never rests on her laurels: she always has new and challenging ideas – and inspired and exhilarated everyone who was at Saffron Hall.”

Other iconic figures will be coming soon to the Saffron Walden stage when the Words in Walden Spring Festival opens on February 28, with a line-up including David Starkey, Andrew Sachs, Andrew Motion and Chris Beardshaw.

Details and tickets at, by phone on 01799 523456, from Harts Book Room on Shire Hill or from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre.

Andrew Motion tickets are also available at


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