Standard Name: Arrowsmith, Pat
Birth Name: Pat Margaret Arrowsmith
's writing—novels, poetry, memoirs and non-fiction, spanning much of the later twentieth century—reflects her lifelong commitment to militant political activism. Her work firmly expresses her socialist, pacifist, and feminist politics and often contains a strong autobiographical element. It concentrates on outsiders to society—prisoners, the elderly, the working-class—and explores the tensions and interpersonal problems faced by activist groups. Much of her writing has been done while serving prison sentences.