Paddington Swimming Baths - July 9th 1909
Women only Swimming Entertainment! 8.30-10.30pm
I've been tidying my desk - an incredibly rare occurrence - and going through my various research notebooks, rediscovering. This poem was amongst the rediscoveries. I love the passion of the voice in it as well as the challenge and anger and was curious to find out more about the writer. But first, the poem itself!
It was published in the WSPU's paper, Votes for Women, on 13th June 1913.
The past fortnight has been very exciting!
I’m working today in a box office in a West End theatre and took the opportunity to come into Blackfriars station and then walk into town along Fleet Street – it’s so quiet on a Sunday and it was a pleasure to enjoy the buildings and the sunshine.
Knickerbocker Glories was a show that I produced and was part of in June 2010 at the Union Theatre in London. It consisted of three fully staged one-act plays: Miss Appleyard’s Awakening by Evelyn Glover (first performed on 20th June 1911), Lady Geraldine’s Speech by Beatrice Harraden (part of the entertainment at the Princes Skating Rink for the WSPU’s Women’s Suffrage Exhibition in May 1909) and How The Vote Was Won by Cicely Hamilton and Chris St John, (first performed at the Royalty Theatre on the 13th April 1909). All of these pieces were originally presented for a sympathetic, pro-suffrage audience and all were originally written for the Actresses Franchise League.
Thoughts, reflections, bits of research