Visions, Veils And Virgins: A Short History Of Epilepsy Through The Lives Of Extraordinary Women

3 Jun 2024

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Mon, 03 Jun
18:30 – 20:30

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: The Feminist Lecture Program

Our classes take place via zoom on Monday evenings, with a different topic and lecturer each week, hosted by our founder Luisa-Maria MacCormack. A Zoom link will be sent to ticketholders from Eventbrite or Outsavvy (depending where their ticket was bought) before the lecture begins.

The Feminist Lecture Program welcomes guest lecturer Nicola Hill to explore extraordinary women through the history and treatment of epilepsy.



As a child, Nicola Hill’s daughter suffered from epilepsy, both grande and petite-mal seizures. Her description of the amazing colours she saw during these episodes and the draconian drug regime she initially underwent prompted her to begin research into the history and treatment of epilepsy…

In her lecture VISIONS, VEILS AND VIRGINS: A SHORT HISTORY OF EPILEPSY THROUGH THE LIVES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN, Nicola seeks to give voice to some of the extraordinary women she encountered in this research who were capable of gravity defying feats, prophecy and leadership, whilst also acknowledging the women who were abused, accused and experimented upon and the way their visions were used against them. We will travel from Ancient Greece to the Aztecs, from the Hammer of Witches to Christina the Astonishing, from magic to hard science, exploring the visions and feats of (among others) Joan of Arc, Ellen G. White - co-founder of the Seventh Adventist church, the French-American cyclist, Marion Clignet, and singer, Susan Boyle. Nicola will also discuss her daughter's remarkable recovery thanks to modern paediatric neurology. 

Strap in as we travel through time and space into the cosmos of the mind and beyond.


Nicola studied Fine Art back in the late 1980s and has since worked in the museum industry making props for themed exhibitions, she has designed shop displays and interiors for shops and restaurants as well as restoring church statues. More recently, she has taught Creative Writing for the Open university where she attained her Doctorate in Philosophy in 2019. After several years away from painting she has recently begun to exhibit and receive private commissions once more. She currently lives in Halifax, West Yorkshire not far from the site of the original 'Wuthering Heights'.

Facebook: Nicola Hill


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