For International Women’s Day I want to acknowledge one hundred women who have had positive impacts on my life.
Some are writers. Some are artists. Some inspiring historical figures whose achievements and determination leave me awed. Some were my teachers. Some are my friends. Some are related to me by blood.
There could be more. But one hundred seems a good round number to me.
To all of them, I would like to say thank-you.
So, in no particular order, here they are:
Miss Russell, Mrs Merritt, Miss Wigmore, Katherine Whitehorn, Hilary Mantel, Bridget Riley, Patricia Ledu, Sue Davis, Vicki Cooper, Antonia Byatt, Lorna Sage, Maria Anglada, Georgette Heyer, Colette, Emmeline Pankhurst, Kathleen Coley, Anne Durrant, Madeleine Smith, Lorna Sage, Penelope Lively, Gill Downham, Sarah Myers, Jessica Mitford, Muriel Spark, Pat Barker, Jane Gardam, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Carol Shields,Jane Austen, George Eliot, Nancy Griffith, Linda Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Anne Michaels, Annie Lennox, Kirsty MacColl, Joni Mitchell, Jasmine Teh, Beryl Bainbridge, Monica Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Katrine Prince, Chris Green, Alison Lester, Anne Simpson, Jane Bown, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tracey Emin, Katherine Cuthbert, Germaine Greer, Rose Tremain, Noel Streatfield, Enid Blyton,
Margaret Forster, Donna Leon, Mary Stewart, Rose Elliot, Sarah Waters, Georgie Temple,
Carol Bartlett, Julia Bulgin, Dominique O’Hara, Vicky Edney, Anthea Sinclair, Dina Glouberman, Sharon Olds, Christina Rossetti, Nicola Collett, Kaylene Howatson, Mary Myers, Daphne Du Maurier, Mary Keightley, Hilary Ratcliffe, Alice Thomas Ellis, Jennifer Johnson, Pam Houston, Heather Steele, Krystyna Lutz, Barbara Comyns, Alison Lurie, Margaret Irwin, Françoise Sagan, Sarah Hickey, Maggi Cooke, Vanessa Benson, Jo Rowling, Jo Clark, Carol Mather, Barbara Wakefield, Kate Scott, Sue Hoar, Elizabeth l, Dodie Smith, Jen Lunn, Sam Hoyle , Judy Bax, Janet Barber, Daphne Sheldrick.
Thank-you. I would not be who I am without you. And I think there are one hundred and one names here, but I am not deleting any one.