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Location : WCML

Start date : 10th March 2012

End date : 10th March 2012

At 2pm Dr Nicola Wilson from the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Reading will speak about Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, to mark the re-publication of her 1925 book This Slavery - a radical feminist and socialist tale of love, loss, poverty and politics.

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886 - 1962) was a working class writer and socialist activist who fought to campaign for social and economic justice and the rights of working women. A poet, journalist, writer for children, and novelist, she worked in the Lancashire cotton mills from the age of eleven until her early twenties. She left the mills through the patronage of the socialist author and Clarion leader, Robert Blatchford (1851 - 1943), and worked as a journalist in London and as a teacher at Bebel House Women's College and Socialist Education Centre,
before returning back North to her roots. She had two daughters and edited the Clear Light, the organ of the National Union for Combating Fascism, with her husband from their home in the 1920s. She wrote at least ten novels, making her a rare example of a female working class novelist.


Our other speaker will be Karen Bosson, Branch Officer, Telecommunications Engineering, Communication Workers' Union (CWU) North West, member of CWU's national Women's Advisory Committee and North West Regional Women's Committee Secretary.  Karen will be speaking on the challenges for women in non-traditional workplaces and the importance of trade unions to women.

All welcome, admission free

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There's a review of This Slavery in a recent posting on the Lipstick Socialist blog