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Bluestocking Recommends… Podcasts by Women

by Emily Oldham. I love podcasts: the ease of listening to someone’s voice, the stories they tell, the people they connect.  Though men currently host around 70% of the most popular podcasts, contributions by women are just as varied, informative, and entertaining. There are so many wonderful podcasts out there that this list barely scratches the… Continue reading Bluestocking Recommends… Podcasts by Women

17th century, Arts

Friendship in Emblem: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in the Poetry of Katherine Philips

By Mimi Goodall It is fascinating to analyse the ways in which female writers, working within a predominantly male tradition, negotiate their gender, femininity and sexuality in their writing. In women’s writing, the “female” shifts from existing as written object to active creator of the text. As they subvert or adapt traditional representations of women… Continue reading Friendship in Emblem: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in the Poetry of Katherine Philips

20th century, Arts

Gertrude Stein

By Siobhan Fenton Behind every great man is a great woman. The shallow reality of this phrase is perhaps never so brilliantly exposed than through the life of Gertrude Stein, who was not merely behind one great man, but several geniuses: Picasso, Hemmingway, Matisse and Cezanne. Stein, the American art collector and modern writer, is… Continue reading Gertrude Stein

Arts, Classical/ Ancient

“I say someone in another time will remember us”: The Legend of Sappho

By Rhiannon Garth Jones and Tom Dean. For over three thousand years, poetry has been a way to achieve immortality, both for the poet and the subject, making permanent the passing lives of humans. This fragment from Sappho expresses, whether intentionally or not, that belief, and proves it to be justified. Although almost nothing of… Continue reading “I say someone in another time will remember us”: The Legend of Sappho

20th century, Arts, Contemporary

Carol Ann Duffy

When considering influential women over the centuries, Carol Ann Duffy certainly holds her own. Born in 1955 to Frank Duffy and May Black, her dynamic, down-to-earth and personal writing has struck chords with a huge variety of people. Dealing with issues such as love, romance and a sense of rootlessness, Duffy's use of every-day language… Continue reading Carol Ann Duffy

20th century, Arts, Contemporary

Carol Ann Duffy: A chorus of female voices

By Charlotte Malcolm. Carol Ann Duffy’s recent appointment as Poet Laureate is a significant milestone for women in poetry. However, beyond this is the significance of Duffy’s work in giving women a voice. At the very heart of Duffy’s work lies equality; with careful consideration of social, cultural and historical factors, Duffy re-presents gender and… Continue reading Carol Ann Duffy: A chorus of female voices