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A (socially isolated) room of one's own: women writing lockdown.

Armitt, Lucie; Cowman, Krista; Pedersen, Sarah


Lucie Armitt

Krista Cowman


Our eighteen-month project, "A [Socially Isolated] Room of One's Own: Women Writing Lockdown", is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It involves collecting, capturing, archiving and evaluating a variety of written responses by women about the first lockdown phase (March - June 2020), irrespective of whether or not those women self-define as writers. The final main output will be a virtual exhibition, "The Lockdown House", to be launched in June 2023, which will showcase many of these original responses. All forms of writing are eligible for inclusion: published fiction and poetry, song lyrics, newspaper articles, social media posts, scrapbook and diary entries. In effect, we are mitigating against the ephemerality of women's early responses to lockdown, such ephemerality being one of the problems that both Virginia Woolf and historians have associated especially with women's writing. As Deborah Withers observes in her article on how the digital age can mitigate against the historic ephemerality of women's work, "history does not and has not always happened in the same way for everyone" (Withers 2017, 681), including, of course, all women.


ARMITT, L., COWMAN, K. and PEDERSEN, S. 2022. A (socially isolated) room of one's own: women writing lockdown. Women's history today [online], Summer 2022. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 20, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2022
Publication Date Aug 31, 2022
Deposit Date Aug 25, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 25, 2022
Journal Women's history today
Print ISSN 2059-0156
Electronic ISSN 2059-0164
Publisher Women's History Network
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume Summer 2022
Keywords COVID-19; Lockdown; Women's writing; Women authors
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