Anne Lister book events, 2020

Anne Lister 180

180 years ago this month, on 22 September 1840, Anne Lister died in the remote Russian province of Western Georgia. Now, in September 2020, Calderdale, which runs Anne’s Shibden home as a museum, offers a range of online events: go to the Anne Lister 180 celebrations web page. There are also events in the cities near Halifax - Leeds and Manchester - & Baltimore in the USA. Enjoy!

September 2020

15 Tuesday: Who was the real Anne Lister?  
5.30pm, Leeds. The Thoresby Society and Leeds Library. An illustrated history talk by Dr Jill Liddington followed by Q&A. If you are not a Thoresby Society member, please contact Alan Slomson on to book a place. If you would like an Anne Lister book-signing ~ by Zoom ~ please contact & Rachel Lappin will email you the details.

21 Monday:  The Gentleman Jack Effect.
3pm, an online discussion hosted by Calderdale Libraries on the impact Anne Lister has had on Calderdale. Join a panel of experts including Rev Jane Finn (Halifax Minster), Laura Johansen (Calderdale Culture Hub) and Jill Liddington.  Streamed live on Calderdale Council’s YouTube channel, where you can ask questions:

Friday 25: Anne Lister Research Summit. Includes Jill Liddington and Livia Labate, ALRS co-organizer, in conversation on the history of Anne Lister research over time. Here’s a chance to hear from Anne Lister’s many fans across the globe, inspired by Gentleman Jack, talk on their new research.
October 2020

21 Wednesday: Writing Anne Lister: an LGBTQ History.
7 pm, Portico Library, Manchester. 
Writing Anne Lister: An LGBTQ+ History

Booking a ticket: £6. As well as the talk, there will be book-signing by zoom!

November 2020

Thursday 26: 9 am UK (10 am Paris).
Anne Lister of Shibden Hall 1791-1840: gender, social class and sexuality. 

You are invited to join students at the Sorbonne to explore the world of Anne Lister in 1830s’ Halifax.

How was Anne able to do all she did? How did her gender, social class & sexuality allow her such wide freedoms? And how did they place boundaries around what was possible for even a determined woman then to do?

To book a place at this special zoom lecture, please email

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