feminism

This Is Why

This Is Why

"As I read something happened. The story stopped being mine..."

Writer Anne Summerfield started writing nearly 40 years ago, but it was when she finally read her work out loud that she discovered her voice as an author. In this inspiring piece for 100 voices for 100 years, Anne shares her story, and reveals what has kept her going for so long. 

Grit

Grit

 "I think 12 year old Sarah Kosar would think my life was pretty cool, besides not spending as much time with the Spice Girls as she anticipated I would.”

Sarah Kosar knows how hard it is to acknowledge your own achievements, but in her rollicking, uplifting piece she encourages us all to stand hand-on-hip with a slight smile on our lips and say "I'm proud of what I've achieved."

The Flicker

The Flicker

"You've read every book in here. You'll have to write your own..."

Louise wrote her first novel in primary school, complete with stickman illustrations. But she was told it wasn't a proper job. It wasn't until she came out of the "car crash" of her thirties that the flicker of inspiration returned. 

Wheels of fortune

Wheels of fortune

"Nothing else gives you the sense of powering your own life forward."

Isabelle's discovery of the power of wheels was a slow one. It was only at university when she "came out" as a disabled person. She talks about her journey, inspired by several inspiring women, both from history and in her own life, to take up her hand cycle. 

You say tomato...

You say tomato...

"Spend a penny? I had no idea."

When Damhnait Monaghan's moved from Canada to the UK she knew there would be challenges, but she didn't think that language would be one of them. In this charming and comic piece she tells of her life as a linguistic double agent and how it might come in handy. Do they say that here? 

The writer as mother

The writer as mother

"For a few hours a week I could escape to a world of literature..."

Reshma Ruia arrived in Manchester fresh from her life sun-drenched life in Italy, and further back India. Once she got used to the rain, she found inspiration in the streets around her. She tells us about her journey into the world of literature - and how it wasn't always easy to juggle with motherhood.