Mary Wollstonecraft's birthday – a week of celebration, 25th April - 2nd May

We’ve been busy planning Mary Wollstonecraft’s birthday event this year – but one day didn’t seem enough to mark the 262nd birthday of the mother of feminism.


That’s why this year you’re invited to a whole week’s worth of talks, events, concerts and activities to celebrate Mary and her legacy today. You only need to book once to get access to the full week’s worth of events – and you can choose which ones you’d like to attend.

Here’s just a taster…

Mary’s Music Cafe, a celebration of a wide variety of music composed by women and performed by women musicians

Lecture in Mary’s honour with Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen, held in conjunction with the Wollstonecraft Society and LSE

Local radical history walks with Professor Anna Birch and Scary Little Girls theatre company

And more!

Book your tickets to all events here:

      • Sunday 25 April – Mary Wollstonecraft Music Café presents: A Vindication of the Music of Woman (Teaser*) (5-5.30pm, online event streamed live from the Meeting House)

Introducing the Mary Wollstonecraft Music Café – a series of quarterly music events honouring pioneering radical essayist and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, featuring music from a diverse range of genres and cultures. Join us for part 1 of our pre-launch ‘teaser’ concert of vocal and piano works by women composers from across the globe spanning the medieval period to current times, including music by Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Undine Smith Moore, Isabelle Aboulker, Shirley Thompson and more…

Performed by:
Rachel Duckett, soprano
Carola Emrich-Fisher, mezzo-soprano
Connie Luk, piano

*Full concert to be performed live at the Meeting House when restrictions allow

      • Monday 26 April – Get your copy of the world’s first Mary Wollstonecraft comic book!

The Newington Green Meeting House: Revolutionary Ideas project is all about sharing the work, ideas and legacies of Mary and the Dissenters of Newington Green. Support our work by buying a print copy of this wonderful resource designed for young children (5-11 years) and help us with our fundraising efforts. The shop link will be available soon. Throughout the day we will be sharing all our schools outreach and engagement work so far on social media!


    • Tuesday 27 April – Mary Wollstonecraft Music Café presents: A Vindication of the Word of Woman (Teaser*) (1-1.30pm, online event streamed from the Meeting House)

    Join us for part 2 of our pre-launch ‘teaser’ concert of vocal and piano works setting texts by women writers from across the globe spanning ancient to current times. Featuring texts by Sappho, Phillis Wheatley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Calamity Jane, Alice Duer Miller, Sara Teasdale, Louise de Vilmorin and more…

    Performed by:
    Rachel Duckett, soprano
    Carola Emrich-Fisher, mezzo-soprano
    Connie Luk, piano

    *Full concert to be performed live at the Meeting House when restrictions allow

    • Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship presents: Barbara Taylor on Mary Wollstonecraft and Radical Dissent (6-7pm, online event)

    Join us to hear from historian Barbara Taylor talking on the political and historical context of Mary’s time at Newington Green – and stay after 7pm if you want to learn more about the work of the Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship, and how you can help. This event will also start with a short virtual tour of the Newington Green  and the Meeting House to hear a little more about Mary’s time in the local area.

    • Wednesday 28 April – The Wollstonecraft Society and the London School of Economics present: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Vindication of Human Rights (6pm – 7.15pm, online event)

    Join two great minds in exploring the themes of justice and equality: Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and Enlightenment hero Mary Wollstonecraft, as Professor Sen gives the inaugural Wollstonecraft Society Lecture.

    Please register for this event separately here from April 14th:

      • Thursday  29 April – Walk in Mary’s footsteps

    At this time it is difficult to explore your local heritage. But thanks to the work of Professor Anna Birch and Newington Green based feminist theatre company Scary Little Girls, you can learn more about Mary Wollstonecraft’s legacy from the comfort of your sofa or on your daily walk!

    Follow in Mary Wollstonecraft’s footsteps as Fragments & Monuments (performance and film company) and Scary Little Girls Feminist Performance Hub present a new app to join Wollstonecraft Walks.


      • Friday 30 April – Remembering Mary in Newington Green (online event – streamed live from the Meeting House, 6-7pm)

    There are many ways in which to remember Mary but in this event we will celebrate Mary’s words, ideas and the ways she changed Newington Green and how Newington Green changed Mary – and how we celebrate that today.


    • Sculptor Jenny Littlewood on the creation of the wonderful bust of Mary in the Meeting House
    • Readings of Mary’s work from children from La Sainte Union school, activists, New Unity congregants and Newington Green locals. A Level students from La Sainte Union will be presenting a five-minute physical theatre piece on Mary Wollstonecraft and the changing face of feminism
    • Debra Hinton, New Unity congregant, on the creation of the new plaque dedicated to Mary Wollstonecraft in the Newington Green Meeting House, as gifted from the congregation in 2020

    • Saturday 1 May – Hackney Dissent film screening (online event – streamed live from the Meeting House, 6-7pm)

    Lil Warren of Unity Arts and film-maker Neil Webster present a film screening of the documentary Hackney Dissent. Funded by NLHF and made in 2019 to celebrate radical historical tradition. Through interviews and performance the film shares the learnings of local young people and adults. This group, through a series of workshops with SLAM poet Joelle Taylor in Hoxton (where MW once lived), all looked at debate, radical writings and how to communicate ideas and dissent through poetry. Shot on location at Dr Johnson’s House.

    • Sunday 2 May – An Amazon Step’t Out (preview!)

    This year, members of the New Unity congregation will direct a performance of ‘An Amazon Step’t out’ – the only theatrical performance telling Mary’s story, written by Bee Rowlatt. Until we can welcome a live audience to the building you can hear some short extracts of the play alongside some beautiful musical performances in a short video prepared to help celebrate Mary’s birthday.

    All money raised from these events will be re-invested in the Meeting House heritage project. It will be used to help share the legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft and other radical figures, and also to build our community engagement work.

    Our suggested donation is £10 and the minimum is £1. Thanks for your support!

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