Sunday 24 March 2013

Appeal For Information About May Sinclair

Listen to Lucy talking about May Sinclair on BBC Radio Mersey side by clicking here now:

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Lucy interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside, lunchtime Tuesday, 19th March 2013

You may recall that I have been searching for biographical information about the following poets:

Rachael BATES
Catherine BRIDSON
Catherine M. JACKSON

whose work was published in the anthology 'Poets of Merseyside', edited by S. Fowler Wright and published by Merton Press in 1923.  

I contacted the media of Merseyside and BBC Radio Merseyside kindly invited me to broadcast live during the lunch-time programme on Tuesday, 19th March 2013.  The show host, Roger Phillips, asked some interesting questions and gave me plenty of time to explain my project as well make enquiries about the three poets from Merseyside. 

You can listen to the interview by clicking on the icon below:

 He also asked about May Sinclair who is featured in the Female Poets of the First World War Exhibition currently running at the Wilfred Owen Story museum at 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 6AE (Tuesdays - Fridays 11 am - 2pm).

May was born in Rock Ferry on the Wirral and is credited with coming up with the term 'stream of consciousness' which she used to describe the work of a fellow poet Dorothy M. Richardson when she reviewed Dorothy's book 'Pointed Roofs' (1915).   May wrote in the modernist magazine 'The Egoist', published in 1915.

Lucy London

Taster Exhibition at the Art Deco Cafe, Stanley Park, Blackpool, Monday, 18th March 2013

Thank you to everyone who came along on Monday afternoon to attend the Taster Exhibition of Female War Poets and Inspirational Women.

Monday's Exhibition featured the following poets:  Margaret Rowntree (from Fleetwood), May Sinclair, Mary Webb, Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, Elsa Lasker-Schuler, Anna Akmatova, Florbela Espanca, Lena Guilbert Ford, Gabriela Mistral, Jean Blewett, Moina Belle Michael, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Bing Xin and Akiko Yosano.

Inspirational Women:  Mary Riter Hamilton (artist), Inez Milholland (journalist), Gertrude Bell (writer), Flora Sandes (soldier), Ecaterina Teodoroiu (soldier) and Milunka Savic (soldier).

The Art Deco CafĂ© in Stanley Park Blackpool is a delightful setting for any event but was particularly suitable for this exhibition.  

 April Moon, the Acoustic Duo from Canada currently in Southport to write and record songs, entertained with some of their songs as well as covers.  They also sang one of Lucy and Paul's songs 'War Graves' and Jaime read out two poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox and one by Mona Belle Michael.

Feedback from the Exhibition was very positive and I promised to let everyone know when I complete the project and publish the book and CD.

In the meantime I shall continue my research to find as many poets from as many countries as possible.  

The next scheduled exhibition will be at the Ace Centre in Nelson, East Lancashire in August 2013.  Full details will be published shortly.

Lucy London,  March 2013

Friday 15 March 2013

One Day Exhibition In Blackpool - Monday 18th March!

 'Taster' exhibition of Female Poets of the First World War will be held at the Parks Art Deco Cafe in Blackpool's Stanley Park on Monday, 18th March 2013 from 12 noon until 4 pm.

Included will be biographical details and examples of poems from:

Margaret Rowntree from Fleetwood
May Sinclair who was born on The Wirral
Mary Webb
Cicely Fox Smith
plus some examples of female poets from other countries
and a few more surprises. . .

The usual self-service snacks, meals and drinks will be available from the Parks Art Deco Cafe.

A special afternoon tea is also available but if you would like that please book in advance by calling 01253 395191.

Parks Art Deco Cafe
West Park Drive
Stanley Park

Tel.: 01253 395191


Friday 1 March 2013

1st March 2013 - latest update

Hello everyone!

Paul has found me some amazing poets :


Rose Auslander (1901 - 1988)

BRAZILIAN - Brazil was the only South American country to declare war on Germany in WW1

Cora Coralina (1889 - 1985)
Cecilia Meireles (1901 - 1964)


Izabela Sadoveaunu-Evan (1870 - 1941)
Elena Vacarescu (1864 - 1947)


Jelena Spiridonovic Savic (1890 - 1974)

My grateful thanks to Paul for his patience and perseverance - this project grows by the day.

I should also like to thank my dear friend Kathleen Holyhead very much indeed.  Kathleen put into my hands on Tuesday a little notebook of poetry handwritten by her Grandmother who, we think, was born in around 1879.   The poems are amazing and I am now busy trying to piece together the torn and yellowing pages to find as many complete poems as possible.   Several of them are actually about WW1.   Thank you so much Kathleen.

I am very grateful indeed for all the help and encouragement I am receiving from all over the world.  My project seems to be generating renewed interest in the subject.

Apologies - I have not yet discovered how to add the accents to those names requiring accents.