Join Ruth for an insight into her book ‘Miss Nobodies’ which accompanies her latest theatre show of the same name, touring Lancashire this Autumn.
Ruth will share some of the poems and stories which have inspired the book and the show, with a Q&A from Spot On Director, Sue Robinson.
The book and the play document some of the fierce Lancashire women who have contributed their stories and celebrates what they have done to leave their mark on this country’s history.
Miss Nobodies was inspired by the community of Great Harwood, along with research into local history and prominent figures of Lancashire. One such person is Ethel Carnie Holdsworth; a writer that worked in the mills in the early part of the last century. She is cited as the first working class, female novelist in the UK and her poetry is used throughout the play, showcasing the resilient, resourceful and rowdy women of Lancashire.
‘’O life was made for joy, now woe
Whatever the saints may say;
We were not meant, with heads bent low,
To walk a briary way.
‘Twas man transposed to minor strain
Life’s page of love and laughter;
Someday we’ll change it back again
Where’er may follow after.”
Excerpt of a poem By Ethel Carnie Holdsworth