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Anthologization Bryony Lavery
BL has written a number of plays for schoolchildren to perform. Two of these appeared in the BBC 's school radio series, Drama Workshop Plays, in 1984. Other unpublished children's plays by BL are...
Anthologization Deborah Moggach
DM has published two volumes of short stories: Smile and Other Stories, 1987, and Changing Babies and Other Stories, 1995, which contains fifteen stories. Her short fiction has been anthologised in Back Rubs...
Characters E. M. Delafield
EMD defiantly maintains a light, satirical tone despite the gravity of the situation. She focuses deliberately on amusing characters and situations: evacuees who return to London because they cannot tolerate country life; a bureaucrat at...
Cultural formation Cecily Mackworth
English with some past admixture of French on her mother's side, Welsh on her father's, she grew up with a strong cosmopolitan or internationalist streak, as well as a tendency to eccentricity or disregard of...
Cultural formation Marghanita Laski
Though ML grew up in the Jewish tradition, in a childhood faith which she later described with warmth but with some later distance, she became in time a self-professed and publicly-acknowledged atheist. Her journey from...
Dedications Noel Streatfeild
NS published in book form The Bell Family, illustrated by Shirley Hughes and dedicated to Josephine Plummer , who had produced her series of the same name on the BBC radio programme Children's Hour in 1949-51.
Streatfeild, Noel, and Shirley Hughes. The Bell Family. Collins, 1965.
Wilson, Barbara Ker. Noel Streatfeild. Bodley Head, 1961.
Huse, Nancy. Noel Streatfeild. Twayne, 1994.
Education Mary Gawthorpe
Apprenticeship included some part-time attendance at the Pupil-Teacher Centre in the LeedsSchool Board offices. There MG continued with largely the same subjects as at school, with the addition of French, educational theory, psychology, and...
Employer Una Marson
UM found herself in London when World War Two began. She volunteered as an air raid shelter marshal, on the grounds that this would still leave time for her writing. She also attempted to impress...
Employer Berta Ruck
After the Second World War, BR became a broadcaster on Welsh radio; later on she branched out into BBC television.
Shattock, Joanne. The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford University Press, 1993.
Employer Una Marson
The programme, modelled after Voice, featured readings from the work of West Indian writers. Because few Caribbean writers were living in London during the war, their work was read primarily from Jamaican literary journals...
Employer Pam Gems
PG worked as a writer and researcher for the BBC for some years from 1950. She worked on and off while bringing up her children.
Berney, Kathryn A., editor. Contemporary Women Dramatists. St. James Press, 1994.
Burkman, Katherine H. “The Plays of Pam Gems: Personal/Political/Personal”. British and Irish Drama since 1960, edited by James Acheson, Macmillan; St Martin’s Press, 1993, pp. 190 -1.
Demastes, William W., editor. British Playwrights, 1956-1995. Greenwood Press, 1996.
She contributed to her husband's mannequin business...
Employer William Empson
He found himself teaching in primitive and personally dangerous conditions in distant universities, at least one a temporary, ad hoc organization—not only short of food but also teaching without books. He was the only European...
Employer Ling Shuhua
From 1956 to 1960, LS taught Chinese literature at Nanyang University , and lived in both Singapore and London. She wrote and travelled, taking trips to Japan and Hong Kong.
Welland, Sasha Su-Ling. A Thousand Miles of Dreams: The Journeys of Two Chinese Sisters. Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
She spent...
Employer Vita Sackville-West
VSW was a lecturer and broadcaster for the BBC as well as a hard-working and prolific journalist.
Staley, Thomas F., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 34. Gale Research, 1985.
34: 260-1
She has a place in any list of influential English gardeners, developing further some of the...
Employer Lucille Iremonger
She became a broadcaster with the BBC in 1948, and continued in this role for forty years. She became a professional writer, and contributed work to newspapers in addition to publishing books.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.


21 November 1748
John Cleland published the first volume of his soft-porn novelFanny Hill.
14 November 1922
Daily wireless (radio) broadcasting began in Britain from the London station of the British Broadcasting Company (later the British Broadcasting Corporation ).
14 November 1922
Daily wireless (radio) broadcasting began in Britain from the London station of the British Broadcasting Company (later the British Broadcasting Corporation ).
5 December 1922
Children's Hour was first broadcast on the BBC .
24 December 1922
The first play written for radio, Phyllis Twigg 's The Truth About Father Christmas, was broadcast in the UK by the BBC .
13 February 1923
The BBC opened a radio station at Cardiff, Wales; it made its first broadcast in Welsh on 8 November.
2 May 1923
Under the supervision of Margaret Bondfield and the Women's Advisory Committee , the BBC 's radio programme Women's Hour began its two-year run.
11 July 1923
With a radio programme about film, the BBC began its first broadcasts of arts criticism.
28 September 1923
The BBC released the first issue of the Radio Times, a weekly publication providing information and programme listings.
31 December 1923
The chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast on the BBC to usher in the New Year.
31 January 1924
The BBC presented the first broadcast story, by A. J. Alan (pseudonym of Leslie H. Lambert ).
5 February 1924
The BBC began broadcasting the Greenwich time signal.
6 March 1924
The BBC presented the first broadcast poetry reading, by the poet John Drinkwater .
4 April 1924
The BBC began its national radio broadcasts to schools, with an item by Sir Walford Davies .
23 April 1924
The British Empire Exhibition opened at Wembley with a speech by King George V —his first broadcast speech on the BBC .