Literary scholar Dr Bonnie Lander Johnson will explore some of the dozens of writers who have been Newnham alumnae, some famous, some who deserve to be better known: Amy Levy, Amber Reeves, Elizabeth Jenkins, Jane Grigson, Claire Tomalin and Margaret Drabble, to name but a few.

DR BONNIE LANDER JOHNSON is a Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Newnham. She is currently researching the Elizabethan botanical renaissance: a movement that involved a wide range of popular practices from domestic decorative arts to pedagogy, gardens and food, printed herbals, and the Shakespearean theatre itself. Her first monograph, Chastity in Early Stuart Literature and Culture, traced the medical, theological, literary, and revolutionary uses of chastity from The Winter’s Tale to the death of Charlies I.