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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...
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 Other unpublished children's plays by BL are...
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.
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Wilson, Barbara Ker. Noel Streatfeild. Bodley Head.
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Huse, Nancy. Noel Streatfeild. Twayne.
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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 Elizabeth Jane Howard
In 1943 EJH got a steadier job than she had yet had, as continuity announcer with the BBC . In this job she read news bulletins, announced concerts, selected and played records. Later, while visiting...
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.
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 Elspeth Huxley
In her capacity as a broadcaster, EH was a member of the BBC Advisory Council .
Nicholls, C. S. Elspeth Huxley. HarperCollins.
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Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. http://www.oxforddnb.com/.
Employer Rose Macaulay
RM had a long-running career as a journalist: until part-way through the Second World War she combined a large output of novels with working as a critic and reviewer. She worked for Time and Tide...
Employer Andrea Levy
During her early, drifting years AL worked designing woven textiles, but realised in about ten minutes that designing was not for her.
Levy, Andrea. “Back to my Own Country”. British Library Windrush Stories.
She worked as an assistant buyer for various shops, then worked in the...
Employer Elspeth Huxley
After her stint as assistant press officer at the Empire Marketing Board in London (from 1929 to June 1932), EH moved on into broader journalism. During the second world war, in addition to quantities of...

Timeline

21 November 1748: John Cleland published the first volume of...

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21 November 1748

John Cleland published the first volume of his soft-porn novelFanny Hill.

14 November 1922: Daily wireless (radio) broadcasting began...

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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...

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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...

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5 December 1922

Children's Hour was first broadcast on the BBC .

24 December 1922: The first play written for radio, Phyllis...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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5 February 1924

The BBC began broadcasting the Greenwich time signal.

6 March 1924: The BBC presented the first broadcast poetry...

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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...

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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...

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23 April 1924

The British Empire Exhibition opened at Wembley with a speech by King George V —his first broadcast speech on the BBC .

Texts

BBC Handbook: 1960. BBC, 1960, http://U of A HSS HE 8690 B86.
The Listener. BBC.
Aiken, Joan, and Quentin Blake. Arabel’s Raven. BBC, 1972.
Brophy, Brigid. Pussy Owl. BBC, 1976.
Westcott, Kathryn. “The Day the World Lit Up”. BBC News, BBC.
White, Antonia. BBC at War. BBC, 1942.