The Taste of Longing: Ethel Mulvany and Her Starving Prisoners of War Cookbook - a Richmond Hill Speaker Series Lecture

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This is the second in a series of four lectures for the Virtual Spring 2021 Richmond Hill Speaker Series, presented in parntership with the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Half a world away from her home in Manitoulin Island, Ethel Mulvany is starving in Singapore's infamous Changi Prison, along with hundreds of other women jailed there as POWs during the Second World War. They beat back pangs of hunger by playing decadent games of make-believe and writing down recipes filled with cream, raisins, chocolate, butter, cinnamon, ripe fruit--the unattainable ingredients of peacetime, of home, of memory.

Suzanne Evans will discuss her biography of Ethel Mulvany, The Taste of Longing, following Ethel through the fall of Singapore in 1942, the years of her internment, and beyond. As a free woman back in Canada, Ethel fights to build a life for herself in the midst of trauma and burgeoning mental illness.

Dr. Suzanne Evans holds a PhD in Religious Studies. After working, studying, and living in China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam, she now lives and writes in Ottawa. She is also the author of Mothers of Heroes, Mothers of Martyrs: World War l and the Politics of Grief. Her writing, which has appeared in academic and literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and books, has a strong focus on women and war.

After her approximately one hour discussion, there will be a Q&A session with the attendees.

Cost: $12 (+ service fee and HST). click HERE to register.

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