Orlando: Women's Writing

Writers with Entries

New: January 2018

Entries Enhanced

Entries Enhanced. We hoped we might get away without death notices this time, but no. It is sad to have to reports the deaths of novelists Buchi Emecheta and Emma Tennant and playwright Ann Jellicoe: three writers from different social worlds who each contributed to the rich patchwork of British women's writing.
Hélène Cixous: took it good-humouredly when she found herself featured in a sex scene in a novel by Laurent Binet which reached English as The Seventh Function of Language, 2017.
Grace Elliott or Eliot: updated from Major and Murden's biography. Who knew that she was born not Grace but Grissell, as her sister Jacintha was born Janet?
Anna Kavan: good news that Penguin Classics are doing an anniversary edition of Ice, 1967. Jonathan Lethem uses the word "ecocatastrophe" in writing of this book in the New York Times; this was known already, but the remark does bring out the timeliness of Ice.
Andrea Levy: recognitions added: Oprah's reading guide to The Long Song, an accolade from the Richard and Judy Book Club; a volume of critical essays.
Elizabeth Melvill or Melville: she has been honoured in Makars' Place in Edinburgh ("The Poets' Corner of the North") with a stone engraved with lines from her poetry.
Sylvia Pankhurst: in spring 2017 Jackie Mulhallen's play about her toured in a new version, featuring Sylvia in old age.
Harold Pinter: his widow Antonia Fraser discovered in his notebooks and printed in The Guardian his prescient little play or dialogue, "The Pres and the Officer", in which a US presidential decree goes out to nuke London.
Radagunda Roberts: added to this very recent entry a fuller explanation of what just might be implied in her unusual given name.
J. K. Rowling: the launch in August of the TV series Strike based on her crime novels.
Carol Rumens: her long-running "Poem of the Week" feature in The Guardian is now mentioned in her entry (as an ongoing publication) as well as in some other poets' entries.
Dodie Smith: performance of a musical based on I Capture the Castle.
Mary Somerville: her image figures on the new polymer Scottish ten-pound notes.
Emma Tennant: only after Tennant's death did Orlando add the information that in 2008 she had married her long-term partner for tax reasons.