Bath Literature Festival: Searching for female stars
Prolific writer and commentator John Walsh contributes columns to the paper as well as writing features, interviews and restaurant reviews. He has been editor of The Independent Magazine, literary editor of the Sunday Times and features editor of the London Evening Standard.
Wednesday 06 March 2013
Polymathic arts writer Kevin Jackson, in Bath to introduce his book Constellation of Genius about the literary annus mirabilis of 1922, ran up against the feminist lobby.
Perhaps ill-advisedly, he interrupted his lecture to show a four-minute film illustrating his song on 1922 Paris. It portrayed five men (James Joyce, Ezra Pound, TS Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald), plus a pretty flapper and her ditzy backing singers.
"The gender imbalance of the film has been noticed," said one woman, darkly.
"Why didn't you mention Dorothy Richardson?" said another, referring to the author of the unreadable Pilgrimage.
"I stand mortified," said Jackson, not very apologetically.
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