This is a book for all women writers, professional, amateur or aspiring, in which forty women talk about writing and the part it plays in their lives. Self-discovery, work, personal liberation, communication, hope for change – all these motives inspire these short and direct personal statements.
The contributors come from very different backgrounds: some, like Sara Maitland, Rosemary Manning, Anna Livia, Suniti Namjoshi, are well known. Others are unpublished. In Other Words will provide practical support and encouragement for any woman who writes.
Acknowledgements. Introduction: writing as a feminist Gail Chester and Sigrid Nielsen. Part 1: What Women Write Imaginary ape or The one-eyed monkey answers questions Suniti Namjoshi. Poetry – who cares? Chris Cherry. The controversial feminist Dena Attar. A double knot on the peeny Joy Hendry. I tell my three-year-old she’s real…: writing lesbian-feminist children’s books Caroline Halliday. Women and fiction: how we present ourselves and others Rosalind Brackenbury. Meandering towards an ordinary job Kath Fraser. The art of non-fiction (or the social construction of aesthetic divisions) Catherine Itzin. Lesbian sexuality: joining the dots Anna Livia. Writing erotica Eileen Cadman. Part 2: Taking Control Lessons of history: beyond the male-stream classroom Hilary Bourdillon. Working in the word factory Ellen Galford. Producing a feminist magazine Shaila Shah. They tried to rip me off Diana Shelley. Why there’s a lightbox where my typewriter should be – being a feminist publisher Joy Pitman. I am a feminist and a journalist… Susie Innes. Translating as a feminist Ros Schwartz. What the hell is feminist editing? Marsaili Cameron. Part 3: Writing About Ourselves T. S. Eliot never called himself a clerk Berta Freistadt. Writing for my mother Pearlie McNeill. On being a late starter Rosemary Manning. Writing as a lesbian mother Caeia March. Words are weapons Pratibha Parmar. Leaving it ‘til later Maggie Iles. An apology Penny Cloutte. Writing as an Irish woman in England Moya Roddy. Class conflicts Jo Stanley with Billie Hunter, Margaret Quigley and Jennifer Wallace. Young, gifted and getting there Rosemarie Ademulegun. Imprisoning vision: towards a non-visualist language Kirsten Hearn. Part 4: Support and Communication Making connections: the collective working experience The Common Thread working-class women’s anthology group. Writer/worker/feminist Sara Maitland. Not chance but a community: women and elitism in poetry Sally Evans. Women like us Elsa Beckett. Broadening visions Evelyn Conlon. Voice Sigrid Nielsen. The script Michelle Russell. Resources section compiled by Gail Chester. Notes on contributors