written by: Megan Bradbury
animated by: Zoe Telford
"In researching Amelia Opie I was struck by how Norwich continues to be a nurturing city for writers and activists. As such, I am very proud to call it my home.”
Artist: Z Leon
Born and raised in Norwich, Amelia Opie (1769-1863) was an English author who published many books during the Romantic Period of the early 19th century. Amelia was also a poet, a radical thinker committed to political reform and a key player in the abolitionist movement. A prominent Quaker, Opie’s philanthropy extended to efforts in prisons, workhouses and hospitals and she even represented Norwich at the national anti-slavery convention. Amelia’s activities and interests though based in Norwich had far reaching impact.
Learn more about Amelia on the Norfolk Women in History website (https://norfolkwomeninhistory.com) and view original documents about her at the Norfolk Records office (http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk)