Why is there no blue plaque for Doris Lessing in Langham Street?

Front of mansion block.

Did you know that Doris Lessing lived in Holbein Mansion, Langham Street from 1958 to 1962? She rented a flat from her publisher, Howard Samuels, for £5 a week. Doris Lessing (1919 – 2013) was one of the foremost post-war British novelists, the author of some fifty novels, plays and volumes of poetry and autobiography. She …

Radical women’s art collective revisited in exhibition and talk

Silk screen printed poster.

There will be an exhibition of posters and a discussion about a 1970s women's art collective tonight (Friday 26 June) as part of Fitzrovia Festival 2015. Set up in the mid-1970s the See Red Women's Workshop produced posters to challenge chauvinist views of women. Three former art students met through an ad placed in Red Rag -- …

See Red Women’s Workshop

So long as women are not free the people are not free.

By Sue Blundell 'The State and Sexist Advertising Cause Illness’; ‘Fight the Cuts’; ‘The Freedom of the Press Belongs to Those who Control the Press’. Though these rallying cries may seem completely relevant today, they in fact appeared on posters created in the 1970s and 1980s by the See Red Women’s Workshop. In 1974 two …

Virginia Woolf’s relevance today

By Christina Latham One of Fitzrovia’s most notable former residents is the writer Virginia Woolf who is regarded as one of the principal female literary figures of the twentieth century. During her time in Fitzrovia, Woolf occupied a fine house at 29 Fitzroy Square: the same house previously occupied by another influential writer, George Bernard …