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Horsham’s Victorian Radicals

Shelley often thought of as Horsham’s great radical writer. But he was not the only well-known Horsham writer in the 19th century to challenge the status quo.

Eliza Cook and Louisa Hubbard were both successful and popular Victorian writers. They both held what then would be seen as radical views – indeed we might see them today as early feminists.

Eliza Cook was a poet whose volumes of poetry ‘Lays of a Wild Harp’ (published when she was only 17),’Melaia and other Poems’ and ‘New Echoes and other Poems’ made her popular in Britain and America. She wrote for magazines and pamphlets in support of political and sexual freedom for women – seeing education as the main means of achieving this.

Louisa Hubbard – a pamphleteer and political activist campaigned for opportunities for women. She helped establish colleges (such as Otter College in Chichester – a teacher training college) and was involved in the union movement – helping create The National Union of Women Workers.

Find out more about these two amazing women with information in the local libraries – Horsham, Billingshurst, Henfield, Pulborough, Southwater, Steyning and Storrington, throughout the month, and also on the Horsham Writers Circle website (horshamwriters.co.uk).

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Mon 23 September
Tue 22 October
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