Elly Crichton Stuart Stuart

Elly Crichton Stuart

Storyteller/Writer/Mindfulness Teacher

Talks

Elly is currently writing a series of talks on pioneering women connected with Falkland. The first one, which is available from August is:

“A Queen, a pioneer and a collector of ballads”.

It explores Mary Queen of Scots in Falkland and Fife, Mary Wortley Montagu who brought the smallpox innoculation to this country from Constantinople in 1718, and Anna Gordon, known as Mrs Brown of Falkland, described as the female Robert Burns for her pioneering work in collecting and singing ballads.

Bookings available on: 01383 860824, Text 07731 159126: ellycstuart@gmail.com

Elly's first play, “A Tale of Two Sisters”, was based on the lives of Lady Elizabeth Butler and her sister Alice Meynell, nominated for the poet laureateship in 1927. It toured to galleries and museums around the UK. “The Pankhursts”, inspired by the lives of Christobel and Sylvia Pankhurst toured round Arts Centres and Community Centres, and her last play “Eve 'n' After”, toured to theatres, Women's festivals and The Perth Festival, and was awarded “Pick of the Day” by The Scotsman at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Review

“A Tale of Two Sisters” is based on the writings, poems, family letters, etc. which are lively enough to sustain interest. And as her subjects, the Thompson sisters, belong to that breed of doughty Victorian lady who didn't take no for an answer, and who in this case were also educated, creative and politically aware, there's a strong streak of feminist history running through the text as well.

Alice Meynell was an essayist, poet and editor, and with her husband Wilfrid supported the women's suffrage movement. Elizabeth Butler, despite the drawback of having been born female, succeeded in breaking into the art world, painting the Royal Academy's “picture of the year” for 1874........much perception and quiet wit.

Times Educational Supplement