Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, working-class writer, feminist, and socialist activist from Lancashire, was the first working-class woman in Britain to publish a novel and is a rare example of a female working-class novelist. She published at least ten novels during her lifetime. The team at Mid Pennine Arts have been uncovering more of the fascinating details of her life.
Ethel was a typical local lass and she was also remarkably passionate about the arts, politics and social justice. She became the voice of all tough lasses everywhere, then and now.
This presentation celebrates some of Ethel’s remarkable voice in poems, readings and songs. It is an extract from a longer soundscape project. Ethel’s work almost disappeared, and this piece shows the determination of many people to not only find it but to make sure it never gets lost again.
Suitability: Suitable for ages 10+