In collaboration with the National Trust, I launched an exhibition exploring the lives, loves and legends that were the Smallhythe Trio – Edith Craig, Christopher St John, and Clare Atwood. The event – which ran from 10-11 June 2017 in Smallhythe Place, residence of Edith Craig’s mother, actress Ellen Terry, explored the trio’s unconventional lives and relationships, and compared and contrasted the experiences of women then and now.
My poems for the event included: The Smallhythe Trio and Three Ladies
I have also been invited to create a similar event for the National Trust next year
Lesbians. Suffragettes. Dramatists.
On the 10th and 11th June, 3:00 – 4:30pm, I’ll be doing a show at Smallhythe Place, Kent to celebrate LGBT history! Through poetry and prose, I will be exploring the extraordinary and unconventional lives and relationships of a group of women known as the Smallhythe Trio:
Edith Craig. Chris St John and Clare Atwood.
Drawing on Smallhythe’s unique archival material. Employing poetry of the period and my own poetry, I will illuminate the similar and contrasting experiences of women’s lives then and now. Compare the lives and perspective of these extraordinary three women with that of their contemporary lesbian counterparts.
Poetry about Justice. Equality and Love. Oh… and sex!
Edith (Edy) Craig, was the daughter of the famous actress Ellen Terry, who owned Smallhythe Place. After her mothers death Edy made the house into a museum of her mothers life. She also restored the old barn in the garden and turned it into a performance space.
Edy actually lived just Smallhythe Trio leafletup the road with her two female lovers in Priests House. Together they wrote and produced plays for the Suffrage movement.
Radclyffe Hall, Una Troubridge, Vita Sackville-West, Ethel Smythe, Virginia Woolf lived nearby, and were regular visitors.
See also the National Trust website
Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place
Saturday 10 & 11 June, 3pm
To celebrate National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme L.G.B.T Poet Laureate Trudy Howson is coming to Smallhythe Place to explore The Smallhythe Trio: Edith Craig, Christopher St. John and Clare Atwood, through poetry and prose.
She will also be in conversation with our House Steward, Susannah Mayor and Curator of the current LGBT exhibition, Carla Danella, about Edy Craig and her circle of LGBT friends that lived at the property. There will be a Q&A session to close the event.
Read the full article here: http://insidekentmagazine.co.uk/an-lgbt-celebration-at-smallhythe-place/