Category: wales

Jan Morris (b.
1926) is a Welsh author and historian. She is best known for her Pax Britannica
trilogy, a comprehensive history of the British Empire.

Assigned male at birth, she underwent surgery in
1972 and published the autobiography Conundrum two years later, one of
the first books to discuss the personal experience of a trans person. She
received the Golden PEN Award for a “Lifetime’s Distinguished Service to
Literature” in 2005.

Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) was a famous Welsh-English actress, best known for her
roles in tragedies and particularly Shakespearean plays. She was referred to by
a contemporary critic as “tragedy personified”.

She started her career in 1774, and played
numerous roles until her retirement in 1812. Her most famous and lauded
performance was as Lady Macbeth. An acting award in her name has been in
existence since 1952.

Above: Sarah Siddons as Lady Macbeth, Robert
Smirke

Betty Campbell (1934-2017) was the first black head teacher in
Wales. She held this position at the Mount Stuart Primary School in Cardiff.

Born in a
low-income, working-class family, she nevertheless won a scholarship at the Lady
Margaret High School for Girls, which paved her way towards a teaching career.
She was a member of the Commission for Racial Equality and was awarded an MBE
for her services to education.

Sarah Waters (b. 1966) is a Welsh
author, known for her Victorian-era novels featuring lesbian characters. Each
of her novels has received various literary awards.

Her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, was released in 1998
and was subsequently translated in 24 languages. The 2002 novel Fingersmith was shortlisted for the
Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. She won Author of the Year on several
occasions.

Scotland And Wales Will Now Allow Northern Irish Women To Access Free Abortions