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Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova was a Russian modernist poet and one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Besides poetry, she wrote memoirs, autobiographical pieces and literary criticism. Born into an upper-class family in Odessa and brought up in a glamorous suburb of St. Petersburg, Anna was the [...]

Beatrice Webb

Beatrice Webb was an English social and leading Fabian socialist who, in partnership with her husband Sidney, undertook many projects for social and educational reform. Beatrice was born in Gloucestershire, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and a merchant’s daughter; her grandfather was [...]

Queen Zenobia

Zenobia was a 3rd-century Queen of the Palmyra who led a revolt against the Roman Empire. She claimed descent from Cleopatra and the Ptolemies and her mother may have been Egyptian. Zenobia became the wife of Odaenathus, king and ruler of the Roman colony of Palmyra in present-day Syria, and [...]

Fanny Parker

Image of Suffragette; Not Fanny Parker Frances “Fanny” Parker was a British suffragette who became a prominent militant. She was born and brought up in New Zealand. She was Lord Kitchener’s niece and he paid for her to come to the UK and study at Cambridge University. After graduating [...]

Dolores Ibárruri

Dolores Ibárruri — known as “La Pasionaria”, one of just three women celebrated on statues in the City of Glasgow. The statue, the City of Glasgow and the Labour Movement’s tribute to the British Volunteers of the International Brigade who fought in the Spanish Civil War, was [...]

Margaret Tait

Margaret Tait was a pioneering filmmaker for whom words and images made the world real. In ‘documentary’, she wrote, real things ‘lose their reality and there’s no poetry in that. In poetry, something else happens.’ If film, for Tait, was a poetic medium, her poems are works of craft and [...]
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