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Davenport, John, 1908-1966, critic and book reviewer

  • GB 1534 RM6
  • Person
  • 10/05/1908- 27/06/1966

John Lancelot Agard Bramhall Davenport was born in London, England in 1908. He became known as a critic and book reviewer who wrote for The Observer and The Spectator.
Son of the writer Robert Davenport and the actress Muriel George, he was primarily raised by his grandmother and educated at ST Paul’s and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Following his studies Davenport worked for MGM as a screenwriter with F. Scott Fitzgerald. In 1934 Davenport married Clemency Hale, a painter and set designer and had one child. In the 1940s he taught at Stowe School and worked for the BBC at Bush House as head of the Belgian Section. Following his divorce to Hale, Davenport married Marjorie Morrison and had another child. In the 1960s, he retired to the country and died shortly afterwards.

Curtis Brown Group LTD, literary and talent agency, 1899-

  • GB 1534 RM5
  • Corporate body
  • 1899-

Curtis Brown LTD (Curtis Brown Literary and talent Agency) is a literary and talent agency based in London, United Kingdom. It was founded by Albert Curtis Brown in 1899 and has represented many famous figures in the literary and political world throughout the twentieth century. It is now led by Sarah Spear as CEO and has diversified with acting, television and theatre departments.

Jonathan Cape LTD, Publishers, 1921-

  • GB 1534 RM4
  • Corporate body
  • 1921 -

Jonathan Cape is a London publishing firm founded in 1921 by Herbert Jonathan Cape and his business partner Wren Howard. The firm established a reputation for high quality design, production winning more Booker Prizes and short listings than any other publishers. After Cape’s death in 1960 the firm later merged with three other London publishing houses and in 1987 was taken over by Random House.

The Women’s Press LTD, Publishers, 1978 - c.2013

  • GB 1534 RM3
  • Corporate body
  • 1978 - c.2013

The Women’s Press LTD is a publishing firm established in 1978 and dedicated to publishing books for women by women, feminist fiction and non-fiction by women writers from around the globe. Publishing included literary and crime fiction, biography and autobiography, health, race and disability, women’s studies and cultural, sexual and political history. The publishers appear to have dissolved c.2013.

Marion Boyars Publishers LTD, Publishers, 1975-

  • GB 1534 RM2
  • Corporate body
  • 1975-

Marion Boyars Publishers is an independent publishing company located in London, England renowned for publishing adventurous and occasionally controversial fiction and nonfiction especially in translation within the humanities and social sciences.
Marion Boyars Publishers was formed in 1975, but had previously been formed in the sixties under the name Calder and Boyers being run jointly with John Calder. When Marion Boyars died in 1999, her daughter Catheryn Kilgarriff took over and currently is managing director of the company.

Manning, Rosemary, 1911-1988, British writer

  • GB 1534 RM1
  • Person
  • 9/12/1911-5/4/1988

Rosemary Joy Manning was born in Weymouth, Dorset, 9 December 1911. She attended boarding school in Devon and later studied at the Royal Holloway College from 1930 to 1933, graduating with a 2nd class honours degree in Classics.
Manning first worked in a department store on Oxford street and then as a secretary. Unhappy with her work she suffered a nervous breakdown and was treated at the Maudsley Hospital, following this Manning was offered a teaching job by her former headmistress where she stayed as a teacher for a further 35 years and in 1950 she moved to Hampstead, London to take over a long-established girls’ preparatory school as headmistress.
In 1957 Manning released Green Smoke, her first in the series of Dragon children’s books she would become well known for. In 1962 she released The Chinese Garden, following a failed suicide attempt. The book was later known as her greatest novel and an important piece of lesbian literature. After retiring, she publicly came out as a lesbian in a televised interview in 1980. She died on the 5th April 1988.

Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment

  • GB 1534 KM
  • Corporate body
  • 1980-present

Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment (CORE) began in 1980 as the Barrow Action Group, to oppose the import of foreign fuel for reprocessing at Sellafield nuclear site. Since then, CORE has widened its campaign to challenge Sellafield’s radioactive sea and air discharges, and the resulting implications to the local environment. CORE is a non-political, non profit-making organisation.

Miller, Kathleen, 1936-2013, Anti-nuclear campaigner

  • GB 1534 KM
  • Person
  • 1936-2013

Kathleen Laura MacLean George was born on the 10th October 1936 in Maybole, Ayrshire. Kathleen attended the University of Glasgow where she met John Miller, whom she married in 1961. They had three daughters; Jo (1962), Manda (1963) and Bridget (1965). After moving to St John's Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway, in 1972, Kathleen became involved in politics, joining the Scottish National Party (SNP), canvassing at elections, and standing as a candidate for the local council. Much of her activism became focused on challenging the nuclear industry's plans to investigate the Galloway Hills as a site for the disposal of radioactive waste. With local campaigners, she educated herself and others, fundraised, lobbied, staged events and built a movement which eventually led to a public inquiry into the planning application to test bore at Mullwharchar. Kathleen also had links with the wider anti-nuclear movement in the rest of the UK, and continued to follow the development of nuclear related stories in the media until her death in January 2013, in Rhonehouse, Dumfries and Galloway.

Peoples Planning Inquiry Commission

  • GB 1534 KM
  • Corporate body
  • 1980-1982

The Peoples Planning Inquiry Commission (PPIC) was established to run alongside a Public Inquiry that was set up to consider UK Atomic Energy Authority's (UKAEA) appeal against the Kyle & Carrick District Council's decision to refuse planning permission for test drilling around Mullwharchar. The PPIC believed the government lead Public Enquiry to be confined to certain interests.

Scottish Conservation Society

  • GB 1534 KM
  • Corporate body
  • 1978[?]-present[?]

The Scottish Conservation Society (SCS) originally began as a regional (South West Scotland) branch of the UK Conservation Society (CS), but became an independent group under the name SCS when they found the CS unwilling to commit to a fully anti-nuclear stance. The SCS was initially created to campaign against the disposal of radioactive nuclear waste at Mullwharchar, South Ayrshire. In 1982 the campaign won, with plans by the nuclear industry being abandoned.

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