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Printing our voices



When I was 30 years old and a director in mainstream publishing I received a call from Stephanie Dowrick, founder of leading feminist publisher, The Women’s Press. TWP were looking for a publisher – someone to build and develop the editorial list and jointly run the company with their sales director, Mary Hemming. The Press had been through a troubled time – it would be my job, with Mary, to get the organisation back on sound footing.

I turned up to a shabby office in what was then decidedly unsexy Clerkenwell, London, travelling up in an old warehouse product lift that was not as cool as it sounds and would never have passed a safety inspection, trying not to shake. It wasn’t interview nerves – it was real fear for my safety. I sat in a somewhat dusty reception wondering if I wanted to swap my smart office in Fulham for this, however strong my long-held beliefs in the vital importance of the women’s publishing houses.

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