Our February Reading Club celebrated the achievement of the Suffragettes in Britain in 1918. We admired the bravery of women then and now, for example Malala Yousafzai the schoolgirl shot at for her advocacy of education for women.

We discussed achievements of some women in literature, including May Morris and Margaret Forster. May, younger daughter of artist and designer William Morris, was an embroidery and jewellery designer, socialist, editor and teacher. She founded the Women’s Guild of Arts, edited her father’s works in 24 volumes, taught embroidery at the Central School of Art in London, and in America.

Margaret Forster author of 25 novels, many based on social issues, and acclaimed biographer of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, also wrote a history of feminism ‘Significant Sisters’ through which she recognised her indebtedness to the hard-sought achievements of the women she researched.

Our Reading Club next meets on Monday 26 March from 10-11.30am in the Library. The topic is ‘Explorers’.