Aye Write Festival

Issued: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:14:00 GMT

Eleanor Gordon, Professor of Gender and Social History at the University of Glasgow and co-author Gwyneth Nair will speak about their book Murder and Morality in Victorian Britain: The Story of Madeleine Smith at 6.30-7.30pm on Sunday 7 March.

The notorious Glasgow trial of Madeleine Smith took place  in 1857, when she was accused of poisoning her secret lover. In an illustrated presentation, the story of Smith's life and trial is explored. Containing new discoveries about Madeleine's long and colourful life after the trial - which confirms the view that it is only in fiction that the bad end unhappily -  as well as looking at the extent of women's social and commercial activities in the world of the mid-Victorian middle class, this event is accompanied by a display of Mitchell archive material on the Smith affair.