Orlando: Women's Writing
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Writers with Entries

New: January 2015

Entries Enhanced

There are the usual exciting new publications: Gillian Allnutt, indwelling; Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress; Eavan Boland, A Woman without a Country; Wendy Cope, Life, Love and The Archers; Carol Ann Duffy, Ritual Lighting, plus her anthology 2014: Poetry Remembers, plus ""September 2014"", a poem on the love and pain between Scotland and England; Helen Dunmore, The Lie; Margaret Forster, My Life in Houses; Maggie Gee, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan; Julia Kristeva, Teresa, My Love (translated from Thérèse mon amour, 2008); Andrea Levy, Six Stories and an Essay; Hilary Mantel, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher; Alice Munro, Family Furnishings; Ruth Padel, Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth; Sheenagh Pugh, Short Days, Long Shadows; Adrienne Rich, Later Poems: Selected and New, 1971-2012 (her final, posthumous volume, her own selection from her life's work in verse); J. K. Rowling, The Silkworm; Rose Tremain, The American Lover; Marina Warner, Once Upon a Time; Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests. Besides these, mention of much new scholarly work has been added to entries.
Deaths to record and mourn: Nadine Gordimer, P. D. James, and Mary Stewart.
  • Margaret Atwood: not only her new volume of tales but also her signing up as the first of a hundred writers, the majority not yet born, to be commissioned one per year to write for the Future Library, not to be read for a hundred years.
  • Aphra Behn: Orlando held back on reporting Leah Orr's questioning whether Behn truly wrote the well-known Love-Letters from a Nobleman to His Sister. Now the Scriblerian has called this article important (though not conclusive) the entry has been modified accordingly.
  • Vera Brittain: Phoenix brought out a new edition of Testament of Youth to mark the centenary of the Great War.
  • Dorothea Primrose Campbell: from Charlotte Walker's research, the promised evidence that while living in her native Shetland she participated in a magazine network based on London, and published both poems and fiction in the Ladies' [or Lady's] Monthly Museum.
  • Agatha Christie: Added: advance notice of a stage adaptation of The Secret Adversary to mark her 125th birthday in 2015. Emended: the date in Orlando's statement that The Mousetrap is still running, the world's longest-lived theatre production. Memo: change this every year!.
  • Kate Clanchy: two anthologies of schoolchildren's writing under the auspices of the impressive charity First Story.
  • Anne Damer: the exhibition of her works in sculpture held at Strawberry Hill from August to November 2014.
  • Kate Parry Frye: entry expanded in the light of Elizabeth Crawford's e-biography. This supplies, for instance, information about Frye's unperformed plays, and illuminates a whole new aspect of her diary: her unflinching chronicle of old age.
  • Jackie Kay,Liz Lochhead: among twenty contributors to Dear Scotland, which was first a performance piece, then a book: state-of-the-nation monologues composed each in the voice of a sitter depicted at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
  • Doris Lessing: Jenny Diski's reminiscences of having been virtually adopted by Lessing as an unhappy and unruly teenager.
  • Naomi Mitchison: another reprint worth mentioning is Princeton's edition of The Fourth Pig, with an introduction by Marina Warner.
  • J. K. Rowling: not only a new detective story, but the entrenchment of the Hogwarts game of quidditch on actual, nonfictional US campuses (played, however, at ground level).