SMC hosts author Sheila Ingle for “SC Women Worth Remembering”
Spartanburg Methodist College will welcome author Sheila Ingle to campus for “SC Women Worth Remembering,” a discussion of the heroic deeds of the real-life Revolutionary War-era women portrayed in Ingle’s fictionalized biographies for young readers. Ingle will also speak about her creative writing process. Her talk, will be held March 13 at 7 p.m. in Gibbs Auditorium on the SMC campus. It is free and open to the public.
Ingle, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is the author of several books. Brave Elizabeth, Courageous Kate, Fearless Martha and “Walking with Eliza” tell the stories of young South Carolina women and their experiences in the Revolutionary War. Kate Moore Barry, the subject of Courageous Kate, served as a scout and a spy and is credited with helping Gen. Daniel Morgan defeat the British at the Battle of Cowpens, a turning point in the war for independence.
“There are probably many members of the local DAR who have lamented the loss of the stories of revolutionary war era South Carolina,” says Kris Neely, professor of art and director of the interdisciplinary studies program at SMC. “Sheila Ingle had the courage to do something about it, taking the time to research and retell these stories in a way that they can be shared by young readers. We are excited to hear some of these powerful stories at SMC, but also to learn about Mrs. Ingle’s process for merging literature, historical research and art to help us celebrate important women who have made us who we are as a state and a nation.”
Ingle’s latest book, Tales of a Cosmic Possum, recounts the lives of her husband’s family in Ingle Holler, South Carolina, where they settled after migrating from Appalachia in search of a more prosperous life via Upstate cotton mills.
Before becoming an author, Ingle taught English, writing and drama classes in Spartanburg County. She also taught a wide range of English courses at USC Upstate for over 20 years. She is a member of Chapter D PEO, where she is currently serving as District II Director and State Constitution Chair. Ingle is highly involved in the Spartanburg community and is a member of the Spartanburg County Historical Association Board and Board Chair of Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas.
Ingle’s talk is part of SMC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Series, which features performances, speakers and art experiences. Visit www.smcsc.edu/academics/interdis/ to see upcoming series events.