Mecklenburgh Square, on the radical fringes of interwar Bloomsbury, was home to activists, experimenters and revolutionaries; among them were the modernist poet Hilda Doolittle (popularly known as HD), detective novelist Dorothy L Sayers, classicist Jane Harrison, economic historian Eileen Power, and writer and publisher Virginia Woolf. Each brilliant woman arrived at the square seeking a space where they could work independently.
Join Francesca Wade as she explores the lives of these remarkable women who pushed the boundaries of literature, scholarship and social norms from their homes in Mecklenburgh Square.
About the speaker
Francesca Wade has written for publications including the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, Paris Review, the Guardian, New Statesman, Frieze and Prospect. She is outgoing editor of the White Review and a recipient of a Robert B Silvers Grant for Work in Progress and a 2020–21 Fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography. Her first book, Square Haunting, was a Sunday Times Literary Non-Fiction Book of the Year, a Guardian Best Book of the Year (As Chosen by Authors), and was longlisted for the Baille Gifford Prize.