Today I had the pleasure of meeting Ruth and Brenda, who are part of the sales and marketing team from O’Brien Press, and was very happy and excited to hear everything they’ve got planned for White Feathers as we approach publication date on the 25th August. More on that anon… But for the moment, here’s a little trailer I made for the novel – it’s a labour of love I just did myself, Nothing fancy, but I had fun doing it. And all the text is from the book, well 95 per cent.
Greetings all – for those who like to use Goodreads, I have now set myself with an account there should you like to have a look – click here:
Forgive the paucity of…well anything, really. Am shyly and slowly getting the hang of this.
(I have shy moments. Most people just don’t see them.)
I was travelling back from a truly wonderful holiday in West Cork – which included a boat trip to Cape Clear, a swim in Lough Ine, a meeting with Elizabeth and her hubby, and the reading of many, many books – when I heard presenter George Hook on his Newstalk radio programme declare himself “a feminist after Emmeline Pankhurst”. I also noticed her name in my twitter feed. Apparently today is the anniversary of her birthday in 1858 and she is celebrated as an icon of feminism.
Given all the hoop-la about Mrs Pankhurst, I am surprised more people aren’t aware of her volte face on woman’s suffrage on the eve of World War I, and that she was a rabidly enthusiastic advocate of handing out the white feather of cowardice to men not in uniform to publicly shame them into joining up.
In my novel White Feathers, Eva, the protagonist, becomes attracted to the nascent feminist movement in London after illicitly attending a mass boycott of the 1911 Census in Wimbledon Common. (The rationale behind this was that if they were not persons under the law, why should women be counted on the census?) She is particularly inspired by one girl who gives a rousing speech and urges Eva not to be a bystander when history moves on. So one can imagine Eva’s shock when, three years later, she is dragged to a meeting of the newly convened Order of the White Feather only to see, among the cheering women, the very girl who had made the speech, now urging her to take a feather or two! and praising Mrs Pankhurst for her encouragement!
So, what happened to change Emmeline Pankhurst’s mind? Continue reading “Emmeline Pankhurst and the White Feather”
After a rather turbulent and trying day, I just received a very welcome distraction in a message from Colin Sullivan, editor of Nature Futures: my story “Stay Special”, a dystopian narrative of suppression of age in women, will be featured in the second anthology of Nature Futures stories. (This is a series of hard sci-fi published in Nature magazine every week.)
Futures 2 (#Futures2) will be coming out as an eBook and will be promoted this summer at LonCon. Published by Tor, it will be available from early September from the usual outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble etc)
Since White Feathers is out 25 August I might not be able to flag this as much as I would like, but do go check it out. There are some great stories there.