Join us at a free online festival to celebrate Time and Tide’s centenary!


Wednesday 11 November 2020

9.30am: publication of pre-recorded keynote and talks

2 – 4.30pm: lives-streamed panel discussions

All timings GMT


This festival will showcase Time and Tide’s interwar history and explore the status of women in the media and publishing landscape today. It will comprise a pre-recorded keynote, four pre-recorded talks, and two live-streamed online panel discussions. Talks and panel discussions will be archived on this page after the event.



The pre-recorded keynote and talks will be available on this page from 9.30am on Wednesday 11 November.

The live-streamed panel discussions will be streamed on YouTube at 2-3pm and 3.30-4.30pm. Information about how to join the audience is available on our Upcoming Events – Festival blog.




Dr Catherine Clay, Project Director


Professor Angela V. John

“Lady Rhondda Sees It Through: Time and Tide‘s owner-editor”

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, Wilfred Laurier University

“Consensus and Conflict: Time and Tide and the Interwar Feminist Press” (working title)


Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus, Northumbria University Newcastle

“International news for international women: Time and Tide, international politics, and Cicely Hamilton”


Professor Barbara Green, University of Notre Dame

“Everyday Feminism: E. M. Delafield’s ‘Diary of a Provincial Lady’ in Time and Tide


Dr Sarah Lonsdale, City University of London

“Naomi Royde-Smith, The Queen and Time and Tide: An unusual nine months”



The panel discussions will take place over Zoom, and will be streamed via YouTube.

Panel 1 (2 – 3pm GMT) – Women, Politics, and the Press

Our first panel will interrogate the status of women in spheres of print journalism from which they have historically been excluded (politics, economics, international affairs).

Chair: Dr Sarah Lonsdale, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, City University of London.

Confirmed panellists: Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist; Helen Lewis, staff writer for the Atlantic.


Panel 2 (3.30 – 4.30pm GMT) -Women, Publishing, and the Literary Press

Our second panel will focus 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.



Portrait of Angela V. John

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).

Portrait of Ann-Marie Einhaus

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.

Portrait of Barbara Green

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 Lifeco-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.

Portrait of Sarah Lonsdale

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).

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).

Portrait of Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis is a 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).

Rebecca Harding is Chair of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (formerly the Society of Women Journalists, founded in 1894).

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.

Portrait of Nicola Beauman

Nicola Beauman is the founder of Persephone Books which reprints neglected mid-twentieth century fiction and non-fiction by (mostly) women writers.


Catherine Riley is a writer, and co-founder of the Primadonna Festival of writing, creativity and ideas celebrating diversity, inclusivity and equality.



To explore Time and Tide yourself, read our free downloadable Souvenir Edition. To purchase a limited edition print version, visit Five Leaves Bookshop.



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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