Women on the Wall by the Hexham Book Festival

Women on The Wall – Then and Now

How do we imagine a Roman? With a plume on his head, a shield and a sword? There were Roman women too during the Roman occupation of Britain as is shown by the letters (tablets) discovered at Vindolanda from Claudia Severa to Sulpicia Lepidina -who was the wife of the garrison’s commander in AD100. Women live and work along The Wall today and, even though communication is much faster and easier now, there are still lots of challenges to be met.

Caroline Lawrence, author of ‘The Roman Mysteries’ series for children – about a Roman girl called Flavia and her three friends: Nubia, Jonathan and Lupus – set the titles for two exciting short story competitions. 

Thinking about Women on The Wall – Then and Now, children and young people from across Northumberland wrote short stories on two subjects, either about someone from Roman times or about someone living near The Wall now. The stories were serious, funny, scary and thoughtful. Listen to a sekelction here.