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“My Usual Self is a Very Unusual Self”: Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey

Shelagh Delaney, born 25 November 1938, brought a new and vibrant voice to the 1950s English stage: female, teenage, working class, and northern. On 27th May 1958 the play A Taste of Honey was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Stratford. Written by the 19-year-old Shelagh Delaney A Taste of Honey would later transfer to the West End and transform into a film which became symbolic of the late 1950s / early1960s ‘kitchen sink drama’.  Ostensibly a play about the relationship betw...
25 Nov 2018
Leila Kassir

The Trial of a Trailblazing Woman in Publishing

It is 1877. We are sitting in an open court. On trial is a 29-year old woman. She is charged with having published an ‘obscene libel’ – a re-print of Fruits of Philosophy, a book about contraceptive methods, first published some 40 years earlier. She defends herself in front of an all-male jury.
01 Oct 2018
Mura Ghosh