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The loveliest of all

was the Froggicorn

Kay Green & Katy Jones

"A finalist and highly recommended." - Wishing Shelf Awards 2016




Bother, Trouble and an RAF childhood - excellent blog post from S P MOSS 



The Driftwood Tree

by John Benn &

Catherine Edmunds




Gustav Holst

the Man and his Music

by Michael Short



Guest publication



CORBYN: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

by Richard Seymour



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The Prostitute State

by Donnachadh McCarthy






The meeting place of eight poets

*eight of the best from the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition*



Georges Perec is my hero

by Caron Freeborn

*Winner of the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition, 2014*




 Turbulent Spinsters

 Women's Fight for the Vote in Hastings and St Leonards


Ann Kramer

Turbulent Spinsters cover

Design by Erica Smith; Artwork by Emily Johns

ISBN 978-1-910841-46-4

Publication date 8th March 2018

 8.99  + £2.50 p&p to UK

            + £5 p&p to Europe


           + £10 p&p RoW





Ann will be talking about women's fight for the vote

and signing copies of Turbulent Spinsters, at...



Bookbuster, Queens Road, Hastings

Saturday, 17th March at 7pm

Printed Matter, Queens Road, Hastings

Tuesday, 27th March at 6pm

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

Friday, 1st June at 2.30pm

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Saturday, 9th June at 2pm



Hastings Women's Voice International Women's Day celebrations








At Hastings Women's Voice

International Women's Day Celebration



About the Author

Ann Kramer

Photo by Richard Platt

Ann Kramer is a historian and non-fiction writer. Working from her home in Hastings, she has written more than 60 books for children and adults on subjects ranging from women spies and conscientious objectors through to suffragettes, human rights and women’s experiences of the two world wars. She is passionate about history, particularly women’s history and has been active in a local women’s group for several years.  Originally from London, Ann has lived in Hastings since the early 1970s.


author at work








When social historian Ann Kramer, author of books on women spies, conscientious objectors and land girls, set out to write the story of women’s fight for the vote, she was amazed and delighted to find out how active the campaign was in Hastings, her chosen home.

Like most newspapers, the Hastings & St Leonards Observer reported on women ‘being given’ the vote but, like so many social justice prizes, the woman’s vote was not freely given. From discussions in genteel drawing rooms through to midnight fire- raising women fought for years for the right to be included in democracy.

Turbulent Spinsters tells the story of these years: how Muriel Matters and Violet Tillard brought the Women’s Freedom Van from London to Hastings, where they were pelted with fish heads; how that same Muriel Matters effectively became the first women to speak in the House of Commons, shouting out ‘votes for women’ before being dragged out still chained to an iron grille; and how local women took part in a law defying census strike all in their attempt to win the vote.

Women campaigned peacefully for many years but as time went on some turned to militancy. The response was brutal: women were kicked, beaten, thrown into jail, force-fed when they went on hunger strike, sent home when weak and dragged back to prison on recovery — the pernicious ‘cat and mouse’ strategy inflicted on those ‘turbulent spinsters who were making the lives of the Cabinet Ministers unbearable,’ in other words, trying to make their voices heard.

Militancy often alienated the general public but, as Mrs Pankhurst told an enthusiastic Hastings audience, the militant methods were ‘milk and water’ compared with what men had done when they were trying to get the vote. Significantly however the treatment handed out to militant or non-militant women remains to this day a perfect example of what happened to women when they tried to enter what was considered to be an exclusively male space.

Other Titles by Ann Kramer

conscientious objectors of the first world war  land girls and their impact

women wartime spies

women and war     sussex women

More info from