12 April 1837
At the age of sixteen, Isabella Varley (the later IB) published her first poem, "A Dying Girl to Her Mother", in the Manchester Guardian
By 5 February 1876
After previously serialising The Manchester Man
in Cassell's Family Magazine
, IB published it in volume form: it became her best-known novel.
9 February 1878
IB's first contribution to the 'Notes and Queries' section of the newly founded Manchester City News
appeared, entitled "Boggart Hole Clough" after an area in Manchester
IB published her last two novels: Bond Slaves: The Story of a Struggle
, about the Luddite Rebellion, and The Slowly Grinding Mills
, whose title is borrowed from a line by Longfellow
5 May 1897
IB died at Dalston
; she was buried next to her husband.