Wednesday, August 26, 2009


After several years of research and writing, The Woman Writer which looks back to the start of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists in 1894, will be published on November l 2009. Its title takes its name from our journal published five times a year which brings vital information to its members worldwide. Over the last two years, many coincidences have occurred that bring the names of some of our pioneers of the Society right into the present century.

Among them, is Constance Armfield (nee Smedley) who wrote about 'her Society' in her biographical book ‘Crusaders’ published in 1929. Constance was instrumental in setting up the now famous International Lyceum Clubs which operate successfully in almost every major city around the world. I have included some of their early history within my own SWWJ book. Frank Hatt, the playwright, has written an intriguing play with Constance as the star. This is scheduled to be performed by the Stroud Theatre Company starting March 11th - April 10th 2010

11th -14th March at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.
9th & 10th April at the Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud.

For further information visit The play will be directed by Chris Garner. This play 'Constance'. looks as if it will be a fascinating production and I know that members living in the area will try to get there.