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The Women in Prison

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Kathleen Emerson

Publication: Holloway Jingles

Publisher: Glasgow Branch of the W.S.P.U (Women's Social and Political Union)

Published: 1912

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Chapbook

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.S.591
Pages(s): 9

This poem appears in Holloway Jingles, a collection of poems written in Holloway Prison during March and April, 1912, which were compiled by a Glaswegian inmate, Nancy A. John, and subsequently published by the Glasgow branch of the W.S.P.U. (the militarist Women's Social and Political Union).  The poem is written by Kathleen Emerson, an Irish suffragette who travelled to London in 1912 and took part in smashing windows in Central London; she was then arrested and wrote this poem from Holloway Prison.  The poem notes that, while the Holloway walls are strong, women's 'free, unconquered will' is stronger and that these 'lonely hours' in prison are 'stepping-stones to liberty'.