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Jane Cholmeley ‘A Bookshop of One’s Own’

17 April @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jane Cholmeley joins us to discuss her feminist bookshop on Charing Cross Road. A Powerful and brave move in the midst of Thatcher’s Britain

A Bookshop of One’s Own

What was it like to start a feminist bookshop, in an industry dominated by men? How could a lesbian thrive in Thatcher’s time, with the government legislating to restrict her rights? How do you run a business when your real aim is to change the world?

Silver Moon was the dream of three women – a bookshop with the mission to promote the work of female writers and create a much-needed safe space for any woman. Founded in 1980s London against a backdrop of homophobia and misogyny, it was a testament to the power of community, growing into Europe’s biggest women’s bookshop and hosting a constellation of literary stars from Margaret Atwood and Maya Angelou to Angela Carter. While contending with day-to-day struggles common to other booksellers, plus the additional burdens of misogyny and the occasional hate crime, Jane Cholmeley and her booksellers created a thriving business. But they also played a crucial and relatively unsung part in one the biggest social movements of our time.

A Bookshop of One’s Own is a fascinating slice of social history from the heart of the women’s liberation movement, from a true feminist and lesbian icon. Written with heart and humour, it reveals the struggle and joy that comes with starting an underdog business, while being a celebration of the power women have to change the narrative when they are the ones holding the pen.

Jane Cholmeley

Jane Cholmeley’s 35-year career in the book trade began as a secretary with Yale University Press. She then became Rights Manager at Macdonald Educational. When the company was taken over by Robert Maxwell she left to do an MA in Women’s Studies. In 1984, together with Sue Butterworth and Jane Anger, Jane co-founded Silver Moon Women’s Bookshop.

As a member of WiP since 1980, Jane campaigned against sexism in advertising and, in conjunction with Women in Media, on the taxation of ‘husband and wife’. In 2011 Jane, together with Penny Mountain, set about creating the WiP: An Oral History project.

Venue

Blackwell’s Bookshop
48-51 Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BQ United Kingdom

Organiser

Blackwell’s, Broad Street Oxford
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