Clare Hunter

Embroidering Her Truth

County Buildings
Fri 30 Sep
12:00 UK

Although she’s not appearing in person (her death 400 years ago rather militates against such a feat), Mary Queen of Scots is a key figure at this year’s festival. Complementing Rosemary Goring’s appearance on Sunday 25 September, Clare Hunter comes to Wigtown to talk about Embroidering Her Truth, her own book about Mary. Examining how the queen used textiles and embroidery in the Scottish court and later in captivity to send subversive messages, Hunter explores how clothing allowed Mary a way of communicating at a time when so many women’s voices were silenced. It’s a unique and original approach to a familiar historical story, one that has drawn praise from no less than Hilary Mantel. 

About the Author

Clare Hunter has been a banner-maker, community textile artist and textile curator for more than two decades. She established the community enterprise Needle Works in Glasgow and her first book, Threads of Life, won the Saltire First Book Award.

Copies of Clare Hunter's book Embroidering Her Truth are available here.