Author: Kate W. Evans
Publication: Holloway Jingles
Publication type: Chapbook
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
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'.