Gillian Polack

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Women’s History Month – guest Jacey Bedford

This is another background post. Jacey wrote it for the year I was so ill that things went awry. I asked her if she minded if we used it here, and she’s updated it. Why is it so important? That overnight success in only twenty years is true of so many writers. I’ll let Jacey …

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Women’s History Month – guest post by Catherine Hokin

Sharon Kay Penman For such a seemingly simple term, Historical Fiction covers a wide ground. The spread of novels within the genre balance their engagement with ‘history’ and ‘fiction’ at quite different levels. They frequently cross into other territories such as romance or crime, or fantasy. And increasingly with novels such as Lincoln in the …

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Women’s History Month – guest post by Liz Williams

Today’s guest is UK writer Liz Williams, writing about the work of Mary Gentle. Those few words hide so very much interesting stuff. I was going to write a lengthy introduction but I lost all the time to exploring her fascinating web presence. Liz needs her own essay. If someone reading this writes it, I’m …

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Women’s History Month – guest, Milena Benini

My guest today is Croatian writer Milena Benini. I love her writing (and just ordered a volume that contains a vampire story by her), but I asked her if she’d write for this year’s WHM because she understands the language barrier that we all face when the best writing is not in a language we …

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Guest post – from Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

In the music of the spheres, Love is the chord that holds everything together Somewhere in her youth writer Jennifer Stevenson pieced together way too much about betrayal, loss, healing, death, and second chances. Wanting to understand, she soaked up information from family, books, and schools, ending up with advanced degrees in counseling and (I …

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Women’s History Month – guest, Kelly Gardiner

On Emma Donoghue’s queer histories ‘Stories are a different kind of true,’ Ma tells five year-old Jack, in Emma Donoghue’s award-winning Room. This urban contemporary thriller was a global bestseller, won numerous awards, and was adapted by Donoghue into a 2015 film for which Brie Larson won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for …

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More on invisibility

This is last night’s post. I wanted something that would give you this kind of research and I didn’t want to write a post on it, for half the fun in history is the excitement. I managed to get a weather-change headache and left it a few more hours and lo, someone shared a thread …

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Women’s History Month – guest, Irene Radford

I know and love both of these women, which is why this post is today’s. The last few days have been quiet and frantic and what has got me through them is what often does: female friends and community. It’s a common factor that (until recently) was not seen as a critical part of historical …

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Women’s History Month – Rosemary Hayes

Rosemary Hayes has kindly written us another piece that helps explain the lives of women writers. In fact, Rosemary kindly wrote it for me last year, following last year’s theme, but last year I was not-quite-well and this year it works wonderfully to help us understand a more complex picture. The Highs, Lows and Bits …

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Women’s History Month – guest post by Jennifer Stevenson

This year is about not forgetting writers who really need to be seen. Some of those writers are still very much among us. The shadows start even when women do their best work. Jennifer Stevenson writes about one such writer. I’m very, very lucky and know both these writers, through Book View Cafe. This means …

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