Category Archives: Heroines

You want it darker

I felt a blast of irrational fury towards Leonard Cohen on Friday when I heard that he had died. Christ, Leonard, did you have to go and die on us in such a week? When so many Americans chose the candidate who promotes hatred and fear? When the Klan announced a victory parade for Trump and the…

Rising

I wept today when I heard of Maya Angelou’s death. This surprised me: I’m not much given to mawkish sentimentality. I knew Dr Angelou only through her words (but oh, such words); there was no warmly remembered shaken hand at a poetry reading, no brief word of encouragement at a political meeting, no flourish of her…

Who are your fictional heroines?

I love Miss Marple. She’s sharp, intuitive, and observant. She’s like a polite terrier, never letting go until she unravels the mystery and apprehends the suspect.  And she knits well, enjoys a nice cup of tea and keeps her cottage and garden tidy. I love the underlying premise that because she’s an elderly spinster living…

Heroines: Granny D

First, a warm welcome to those of you newly gathering at this site having been kindly sent here from one of my favourite places, The Hermitage. Second, this is one of an occasional series celebrating the lives of inspiring women. Doris “Granny D” Haddock (she actually changed her middle name legally to Granny D!) was…

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