Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886-1962) was a working class writer, socialist and feminist who started in the mills in Lancashire at the age of 11. Her poetry brought her to the attention of the editor of The Clarion, Robert Blatchford, who helped her to get work as a writer . She wrote poetry and novels, edited the Woman Worker as well as anti-fascist magazine the Clear Light. One of her novels, Helen of Four Gates, was filmed in 1920 (and has been shown recently).
On Saturday 10 March at 2pm Dr Nicola Wilson will speak about Ethel at the Working Class Movement Library as part of the library’s celebrration International women’s Day. Nicola has written the introduction to the republication of This Slavery , published in 1925. also speaking on this event will be Karen Bosson, NW Women’s Committee, CWI.
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