Australian writer and broadcaster Germaine Greer will headline this year’s Morley Arts Festival.
Greer, 76, will give a lecture entitled ‘The Disappearing Woman’ on the role of women in society to audiences at the Festival, which is undergoing a rebrand to celebrate its tenth anniversary.
Greer shot to fame in 1970 after the publishing of her debut book, The Female Eunuch, in which she argued that men hated women and women were consequently taught to hate themselves.
She joins Michael Portillo, romantic novelist Carole Matthews and watercolour artist Ashley Jackson in a star-studded lineup for this year’s event.
Full details of the 35 day programme of culture are soon to be revealed, but organisers say that the new festival will have something for everyone, from the ages of five to 95.
Festival Chairman, Cllr Bob Gettings said: “We are delighted to be working with a host of high profile, cultural partners including National Ballet and Leeds Grand Theatre to deliver high quality workshops and performances to our audiences this year.”
A number of business partners have already been recruited but organisers are keen to tie down a headline sponsor.
Festival Director, Rachael Kennedy added: “We are thrilled that such proactive businesses have come on board with their generosity and supported this year’s Festival.
“With funding cuts still apparent elsewhere, we are relying heavily on such fantastic local support.”
“The Festival runs from 27th September – 31st October and we’re now looking for a local business or entrepreneur to sponsor our headline artist, controversial broadcaster, Germaine Greer, who will close the Festival at Morley Town Hall.”