Our second tea party held at the Mid Pennine Arts office was a great opportunity to catch up over tea and cake and hear what information people had discovered since meeting at One Sixty! In particular it was exciting to hear that a relative of Ethel Carnie’s had been in touch, who we hope to soon meet, an amazing opportunity to find out more about this Lancashire mill worker turned best selling author!
Two copies of Clear Light, an anti-fascist journal that Carnie edited and produced during the 1920’s has also been located at the Working Class Movement Library in Manchester, the scale of which would challenge today’s readers. The journal was in many ways aimed at females and emphasised on asking women to share their thoughts. This once again highlights Ethel’s formidable passion as a campaigner as well as being an amazing writer… Go Ethel!
”Despite being flawed we must keep going to do our best…”
In the words of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, we may not always be perfect but we must always continue to do our best! Throughout discussion we were continuously reminded of Ethel’s determination, strength, bravery, she was almost invincible.
What couldn’t she do?
We even discovered that in October 1930 Ethel helped to set up Bebel House in Kensington, where she worked as honouree director, the purpose of which was to educate trade unionists to be propagandists.
This inspired us to think further about our Production Piece, in what way should we show her life, what views and beliefs of hers are important to draw attention to? We reflected also on our recent trip to the Royal Exchange theatre which prompted us to think about what techniques and theatrical devices could be used. After all by the age of 46, Carnie had written 10 novels, 2 films, numerous short stories, 15 serials, several poems and essays as well as editing and producing Clear Light…
It was amazing to start visualising this and without the volunteers contribution this wouldn’t have been possible, the little snippets of information that everyone keeps on discovering is allowing us to continue Ethel’s story, her feistiness, work ethic and incredible literacy!