An Evening with Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Join us at 5.30pm on Friday 7 June at Great Harwood Library for an event dedicated to the writing of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, where you will:

  • Experience her poetry brought to life by local drama specialists and broadcasters.
  • Learn more about one of Ethel’s novels that has recently been republished, from ECH expert Dr Nicola Wilson.
  • Hear songs that Ethel might have sung, using some of her own words.

You might remember us telling you about ECH, one of our favourite Pendle Radicals Brought up in Great Harwood, she was a reader, writer, poet, pacifist, suffragist, co-operator, educator, and believer in the goodness of the human spirit and the powerful effect of beauty and freedom upon it. She may have started life as a ‘mill girl’ but she later worked as a journalist in London, went on to publish novels, poetry, articles and stories. She was, we think, the first working class woman to publish novels in this country.

Be among the first to hear the recordings we’ve made of Ethel’s poetry, that will be placed in the National Poetry Archive.  Tickets are £3 (inc refreshments), or free if you are a MPA Member or a registered Radicals volunteer. Places are limited and need to be booked in advance.

You can find more information and book via Eventbrite.