Festival of Women Writers and Journalists
A Centenary Celebration of Time and Tide
a centenary celebration ofTime and Tide
Wednesday 11 November 2020
This festival showcased Time and Tide’s history and explored the status of women in the media and publishing landscape today. It comprised a pre-recorded keynote, four pre-recorded talks, and two live-streamed panel discussions: these are now archived on YouTube via links on this page. Please share these videos and let us know what you think, by completing our short online survey.
On the day
The keynote and talks were released at 9.30 GMT and the panels were streamed between 14.00 and 16.30 GMT.
Viewers tuned in from the UK, Continental Europe, and the US.
WHAT THE AUDIENCE SAID
“a wonderful testament to the amazing work the Time and Tide women did”
“It has made me want to read more interwar women’s magazines, and to pay more attention to women’s journalism today”
“It was fascinating to hear from present-day women writers and journalists alongside the historically based talks”
“The Festival helped me think more deeply about the public humanities”
“A real insight into the obstacles female authors and publishers still face”
“A bright spot in the pandemic”
“brilliant and stimulating” “a pathbreaking event” “We want more!”
Dr Catherine Clay, Project Director
Professor Angela V. John
Lady Rhondda’s biographer shares insights into Time and Tide’s incredible founder, funder, and editor.
Four scholars of history, literature, journalism, and feminism share original insights into Time and Tide’s interwar history. Examining Time and Tide within the context of the interwar feminist press, and exploring contributions by popular writer E. M. Delafield, writer and editor Naomi Royde-Smith, and actress, former suffragette, and internationalist Cicely Hamilton, they invite us to consider the magazine within its fascinating publishing and political contexts.
Professor Maria DiCenzo, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus, Northumbria University Newcastle
Professor Barbara Green, University of Notre Dame
Dr Sarah Lonsdale, City University of London
Panel 1: Women, Politics, and the Press
Our first panel interrogates the status of women in spheres of print journalism from which they have historically been excluded (e.g. politics, economics, science, international affairs).
Chair: Dr Sarah Lonsdale, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City University of London.
Confirmed panellists: Helen Lewis, staff writer for the Atlantic; Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist; Emily Wilson, editor of New Scientist.
Panel 2: Women, Publishing, and the Literary Press
Our second panel focuses on literary and review journalism and publishing, in particular the persistent gender bias in favour of male reviewers and books authored by men.
Chair: Rebecca Harding, Chair of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.
Confirmed panellists: Nicola Beauman, founder of Persephone Books, Thea Lenarduzzi, commissioning editor at the Times Literary Supplement, and Catherine Riley, writer and co-founder of the Primadonna Festival.
We’d love to hear what you think about our talks and panels! Please let us know using our short feedback survey, here.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Professor Angela V. John is an historian and biographer. For many years she was Professor of History at the University of Greenwich and is now an honorary professor at Swansea University. She has written or edited a dozen books, including Turning the Tide: The Life of Lady Rhondda (Parthian, 2013). Her most recent book Rocking the Boat: Welsh Women who Championed Equality 1840-1990 (Parthian, 2018) is a volume of essays about seven Welsh women who ‘made’ it outside Wales. It includes an essay on Lady Rhondda.
Professor Maria DiCenzo is Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University. Maria has published widely on the British suffrage press and more recently on the feminist press in the interwar period. Major publications include Feminist Media History: Suffrage, Periodicals and the Public Sphere (Palgrave) and Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period (EUP).
Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Northumbria University Newcastle. She is the author of The Short Story and the First World War (CUP, 2013) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story (CUP, 2016) among others. Her research interests and publications cover the early twentieth-century short story, writing about the First World War from 1914 to the present day, the reception of foreign literature in Britain during the inter-war period, and British wartime and inter-war magazines.
Professor Barbara Green is Professor of English and Concurrent Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Feminist Periodicals & Daily Life, co-editor of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, and also co-editor of Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period. Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame.
Dr Sarah Lonsdale is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City University of London. She was formerly a general reporter for the Observer and a columnist for the Sunday Telegraph. She is author of Rebel Women Between the Wars: Fearless Writers and Adventurers (2020).
Helen Lewis is staff writer for the Atlantic, formerly deputy editor of the New Statesman, and author of Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights (2020).
Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist, formerly BBC social affairs editor, and author of several books on political and social subjects including, most recently, The Lost Decade 2010-2020, and What Lies Ahead for Britain (2020).
Emily Wilson is editor of New Scientist magazine and formerly assistant editor of the Guardian.
Rebecca Harding is the Worldwide Chairman of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (formerly the Society of Women Journalists, founded in 1894) and an author. A marketing and communications consultant by trade, she is the founder of Saltwhistle Communications. She has done a chat show and newspaper reviews for the BBC.
Nicola Beauman is the founder of Persephone Books, which reprints neglected mid-twentieth century fiction and non-fiction by (mostly) women writers, and is author of A Very Great Profession: The Women’s Novel 1914-39 (1983).
Thea Lenarduzzi is a prizewinning essayist, and commissioning editor at the Times Literary Supplement. Her book, Dandelions, a family memoir of migration, is forthcoming from Fitzcarraldo Editions.
Catherine Riley is a writer, and co-founder of the Primadonna Festival of writing, creativity and ideas celebrating diversity, inclusivity and equality.
Our grateful thanks to Chocolate Films for setting up and producing the livestreamed panels.
We are pleased to support Monumental Welsh Women, a not-for-profit organisation campaigning for public statues commemorating the achievements of real Welsh Women, including Time and Tide’s Lady Rhondda. To donate to their Statue for Lady Rhondda fund, please follow this link. You can learn more about the Statue for Lady Rhondda campaign in this blog post.
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