Writers from around the world are planning to come to London on Tuesday 14 October, 2014 to celebrate our rather special anniversary. Can it really be 120 years since this extraordinary writers' group, started by a newspaper magnate, Joseph Snell Wood, launched the Society of Women Writers and Journalists? Fleet Street editors were intrigued by the idea of female journalists, novelists, playwrights and poets, appreciating their value at long last. Things were looking up!
Up until then, women were forced to use male pseudonyms to see their work published. Some of our earliest members reported from the Transvaal in the Boer War, the Great Indian Durbar, First and Second World Wars, and past members have reported from war zones thereafter. Phyllis Deakin was the first woman journalist to join The Times' staff and subsequently, first woman reporter in Paris after it was re-taken in 1945. Log in tomorrow for the next episode! For ticket applications for the luncheon contact www.swwj.co.uk