Nicola Wilson talks to the BBC


Ethel Carnie Holdsworth on the radio

I went up to Blackburn on Tuesday to do a studio interview on Radio Lancashire about the mill girl author, Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886-1962). As so much of academia is about the long-game, it’s nice when things finally come together. I started work on a new edition of Carnie Holdsworth’s best-known novel, This Slavery (1925) when I first came to Reading in 2008, and after several years with the publishers and a year co-ordinating the design of the book with two fantastic students in typography, it was published just before Christmas 2011. The radio interview, with John Gilmore on the afternoon show, was great fun. We think Carnie Holdsworth is the first woman of a working-class background to publish full-length novels in book form, and I’m going to be talking about her work at a couple of events up in Lancashire and Salford for International Women’s Day. She is definitely worthy of a wider audience!

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Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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