Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth
Last year I was asked to write a chapter about Millicent Price (née Browne), the suffrage campaigner whose biography I’m currently writing, for a book for the Stevenage and North Herts Suffrage Stories: 100 years of votes for women project. The project is run by Stevenage Museum working with North Herts Museum, Knebworth House, the Garden City Collection, and YC Hertfordshire. The project focuses on the local stories of women’s campaign for the vote.
The book, Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth, was launched at Knebworth House, the home of suffragette Lady Constance Lytton, on Friday 28 June 2019. Along with my chapter, Not So Militant Browne, the book also contains chapters on Lady Constance Lytton, Elizabeth Impey, the Suffrage Pilgrimage and more.
Suffrage Stories: Tales from Knebworth, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth will be on sale locally in Hertfordshire museums (paperback, price £10.00), or contact Stevenage Museum or North Hertfordshire Museum.
Dan Foster in conversation with Helen Hollick
“I’m a law officer. Whether that means I’m good or bad depends on which side you’re on.”
Helen Hollick has recently been running a series of author interviews with a difference – instead of interviewing the author, she’s talking to the character! The interviews feature authors who have been awarded an IndieBrag Medallion. The second Dan Foster Mystery, The Butcher’s Block, gained the award last year. Dan Foster recently made his appearance on Novel Conversations to talk to Helen about how it feels to make an arrest, his pickpocketing childhood, and accusations of corruption levelled against the Bow Street Runners. You can read Novel Conversations with Lucienne Boyce and her character here.
Installing a Blue Plaque for the Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage
The weather was awful but that didn’t deter us and in true suffrage spirit over thirty people braved a bitterly cold and wet day for the installation of a Blue Plaque to commemorate the Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage on Saturday 15 December 2018.
One hundred years after women voted in British Parliamentary elections for the first time, Bristol MP Thangam Debbonaire was guest of honour at the installation of a Blue Plaque at 3 West Mall, Clifton.
The Bristol and West of England Society for Women’s Suffrage was set up when Florence Davenport Hill (1828/9–1919) invited a group of like-minded individuals to a meeting at her home at 3 West Mall (formerly 3 The Mall), Clifton, Bristol on 24 January 1868. The society joined the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in 1896, and continued campaigning until all women won the vote in 1928. Mrs Millicent Garrett Fawcett, the leader of the NUWSS, was honoured by a statue in Parliament Square earlier last year.
The event had a lovely surprise ending when Professor Bhupinder Sandhu and Richard Whitburn invited a group of extremely wet and bedraggled people into their home for coffee and cake. Their hospitality was most welcome and we were all extremely grateful to them.
With Thangam Debbonaire MP and Lori Streich of the Blue Plaques Committee (Gordon Young)
The Blue Plaque (Gordon Young)
The Bristol Suffragettes is a South Gloucestershire Libraries’ recommended read
I’m thrilled that The Bristol Suffragettes has been selected by staff at South Gloucestershire Libraries as one of their recommended reads as part of their ‘Inspiring Women: The Legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire’ initiative. The book is in good company with Jane Duffus’s The Women Who Built Bristol 1184-2018, Tessa Dunlop’s The Century Girls: The Final Word from the Women Who’ve Lived the Last Hundred Years of British History, and Cathy Newman’s brilliantly-titled Bloody Brilliant Women: Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention.
The books are available for loan and can be reserved free of charge at Libraries West UK.
The Butcher’s Block is a BRAG Medallion Honoree
I am thrilled to announce that The Butcher’s Block has received a BRAG Medallion and is now listed on the Indie BRAG website. As only 20-25% of submitted books receive the award, I’m really excited about this – it’s a real honour.
Here is The Butcher’s Block wearing its Indie BRAG Medallion!
The book pitches Dan Foster into a treacherous underworld of vicious pugilists, ruthless murderers, British spy masters and French agents. Find out more about The Butchers’ Block here.
A Problem Beyond Human Solution: Women’s Education in the Eighteenth Century
“Too much education was a dangerous thing: it created dissatisfaction and unsettled the labouring classes.”
I was thrilled to be invited to write a guest blog for Geri Walton’s splendid history site which looks at all things eighteenth and nineteenth century. In my blog, I looked at the issue of women’s education in the eighteenth century, and the debate that raged about how and to what extent women should be educated. You can read A Problem Beyond Human Solution: Women’s Education in the Eighteenth Century here.