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Ethel Carnie Holdsworth : Prose & Poetry

4 December 2022 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM GMT


A rare opportunity to hear and explore the life and works of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth.

This unique event will be an intimate performance of her prose and poetry and an opportunity for audience Q&A.

Ethel is renowned as the first working-class woman in Britain to publish a novel and a socialist activist who campaigned for social and economic justice. A cotton mill worker from 11 years old until her early twenties, she left the mills to work as a journalist in London on The Woman Worker, run by Clarion leader Robert Blatchford.

Going on to write ten novels, her most successful, Helen of Four Gates (1917), a gothic romance, adapted for film, became the first film to feature local locations around Heptonstall, Widdop and Pecket Well.

She also edited The Clear Light, the organ of the National Union for Combating Fascism.

Refreshments will be available.


Heptonstall Museum
Church Yard Bottom
Heptonstall, HX7 7PL United Kingdom
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