Literature

Just Richmal Crompton!

My grand plan was to feature Mrs Linnaeus Banks as the fourth Manchester woman writer in our Lockdown 2.0 series but I'm over-excited to find out that Richmal Crompton was born and brought up in Bury! I've moved Mrs Linnaeus Banks into...

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Showcasing Shelagh Delaney

Sheila Mary Delaney was born on 25 November 1938 and was brought up in Salford, the proud granddaughter of Irish emigrants, which is perhaps one of the reasons why she changed the spelling of her first name to Shelagh in her teens,...

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Dodie Smith – another Manchester woman writer!

In the second of our Lockdown 2.0 blog series, I'm exploring the Manchester connections of Dodie Smith, who is probably best known as the author of One Hundred and One Dalmatians - released as an iconic animated film by Disney in 1961,...

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Frances Hodgson Burnett – women writers of Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell is, of course, one of the most famous of Manchester's women writers but the city can boast of many others! In this blog series for Lockdown 2.0, lets celebrate four of them, focusing first on Frances Hodgson Burnett. And why's...

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Dressing to Impress – Elizabeth and Lace

Lace has historically been associated with dressing to impress as it was an expensive commodity. It was originally made by hand: point lace was made using needles while bobbin lace or pillow lace was, as the name suggests, made on a pillow...

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