being a woman writer
found the word woman so fascinating , what does this word
mean, do I have to accept the definition or can I make
up my own definition, 30 years later I'm still writing
about woman and finding new meanings."|
"I think being a woman was one of the inspirations for my becoming a writer in the first place because when I was growing up in the 50s and early 60s it was a hard time to be a young woman, because the ideas of women presented to you by the culture I was growing up in, a sort of white, middle-class, suburban culture and sprinklings of French culture, were very narrow, and there were all kinds of splits imposed on women so that you were either a pretty girl or a you were a clever girl, either you were a good girl or you were a bad girl, there was no idea of a whole woman, a whole person."
of the most powerful influences on Michele Roberts has been
feminism. She considers that feminism has been her salvation,
that when her family disapproved of her writing and actions,
other women became her support:
was having a difficult time with my own family who profoundly
disapproved of my becoming an artist and a feminist and
having adventures, and, in their terms, being very wicked.
Feminism was home, and it did what home should do for
you, it nurtured me and kicked me out into the world.
I'm an old fashioned feminist - for me it's about loving
other women and supporting other women in their struggles
and it's very connected to movements in the world for
Roberts Home Page
Contact Details, Bibliography, Biography etc
of Daughters of the House
British Council Site
Video Interview with Roberts on WritingThe Roland Collection of Films