Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

It was standing room only for the talks by Ann Dingsdale and Jane Grant on the birth of the women’s suffrage movement in Greenwich and Blackheath. A fascinating account from Ann of how ‘ordinary’ women (admittedly mostly middle class) living in the area were instrumental in creating the critical mass necessary for a change of such magnitude and the passing of the 1918 Act. Ann, a textile artist as well as historian, displayed her magnificent silk-embroidered hanging featuring all the names of the 1499 women who signed the 1866 petition. Millicent Fawcett, whose statue will be unveiled near Parliament in April, was the main focus of Jane’s talk on the struggle led by Suffragists and Suffragettes that led to the 1928 Act. Anecdotes and slides added to the interest and kept us all spellbound. To top it all, Halstow Community Choir sang three rousing Suffragette songs with audience participation and Claire Eustance of Greenwich University brought in, on their very first outing, some very informative banners “Celebrating women and men’s contribution to gender equality in Royal Greenwich from the 1860’s to the present”. The consensus, after a Q&A session, from both men and women in the audience was that there’s still some way to go to achieve true equality. So, onwards….

Events

NIGHT WATCHED – Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 7.30 on Zoom

While still hoping to restart live (properly live) readings in the not so distant future, we still cannot plan for them, too many unknowns…

In the meantime, Night Watched will take place on January 19 on Zoom, with Graham High‘s poetic look at the Astronomers Royal and at what it’s like to migrate through space, the inimitable voice of poet NJ Hynes and award-winning author and journalist Oliver Morton reading from his book The Moon: A History for the Future (Economist Books 2019).

Free by invitation. Email irena@in-words.co.uk to be sent a zoom link nearer the time

With thanks to Paul Kley for this fun picture (and for the poetically licensed image of West Greenwich Library’s dome with kite!)