12 Dec 2022

Kate Mosse: celebrating extraordinary women erased from history

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 12 December 2022
Kate Mosse

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Historical novelist, playwright, and author of the best-selling Burning Chambers series and the Languedoc Trilogy, Kate Mosse is also a champion of women in literature.

She's the founder director of the Women's Prize for Fiction, the world's largest annual celebration of women's writing. In 2013 she was awarded an OBE for services to literature and women.

More recently, Kate Mosse has turned her attention to the many women whose achievements, inventions and lives have been erased from history.

Last year, she started the #WomanInHistory campaign, asking people on social media to nominate a woman they think should be better known.

Inspired by the overwhelming response from people around the world, Kate Mosse now has a new book out; Warrior Queens and Quiet Revolutionaries: How Women (Also) Built the World.

She speaks to Kathryn about why women's achievements have routinely been omitted from the history books, and what the consequences are of telling only half of our human story.