With our book A Secret Sisterhood just out in the UK, it gives us such pleasure to look back on the past three years running Something Rhymed together.
By the time we launched our blog at the beginning of 2014, with this post on Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, we had been researching the subject of female literary friendship for some time already. But, over the months that followed, it was the enthusiasm of Something Rhymed readers that encouraged us to explore the subject of female literary friendship in far greater detail in a book.
A Secret Sisterhood features the stories of the literary friendships of Jane Austen and amateur-playwright-cum-family-governess Anne Sharp; Charlotte Brontё and early feminist author Mary Taylor; George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe, of Uncle Tom’s Cabin fame; fellow Modernists Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf.
We thought you might be interested in the following articles and reviews, which give something of a taster of the book. We’re also hard at work on pieces for the I newspaper, and the TLS, among others, so do look out for those.
Daily Telegraph: Emily and Emma on How Jane Austen’s mystery woman was edited out of history
The Pool: ‘You don’t think you can find out anything new about Jane Austen…’ says Emma. Kate Leaver interviews us.
Yorkshire Post: Emily asks Why are so many female authors portrayed as eccentric, lonely spinsters?
Litro: Emily and Emma discuss The Lost Art of Letter Writing
Foyles: Jonathan Ruppin interviews us about Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood and how to write together and stay friends.
Writers & Artists: Emma and Emily talk about Literary Sisterhood
Women Writers, Women[’s] Books: Emma and Emily on The Art of Co-Authorship
Byte the Book: Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone reviews A Secret Sisterhood
Islington Gazette: Emily on A Secret Sisterhood: Uncovering the hidden friendships of great literary women
Sarah Emsley: Emily and Emma consider First Impressions: Jane Austen’s radical female friendship
The Writing Garnet: Emma and Emily talk about being Travellers on the Same Road
Annecdotal: Anne Goodwin reviews A Secret Sisterhood
Greenacre Writers: Emily and Emma In Conversation
We have an event coming up at Waterstones Crouch End in London. If you can make it, we’d love to see you. Tickets are £4 and can be purchased in advance here.
Details of our other forthcoming events are listed on our Events Calendar.
We’ll be profiling another pair of female writer friends, suggested to us by one of our readers. If you have an idea for a pair of literary pals you’d like to see featured on Something Rhymed, do please let us know. You can do this by leaving a comment or visiting the Contact Us page.