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1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Kate W. Evans

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): 21

This poem appears in Holloway Jingles, a collection of poems written by militant suffragettes serving sentences 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).  This is a playful poem that subverts the conventional portrayals of prison life: here the speaker tells us that she is eating bread, cheese, chicken wings 'and a few other naughty things' ('stolen fruit').   The officer hopes that shall 'shall grow fat' and be 'a credit to my diet'ry'.