Cranky Ladies of History
Late in 2013, Australian writer and editor Liz Barr blogged about Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, dubbing her one of history’s great “cranky ladies”. Being the editor I am, I immediately thought of several fantastic writers I would love to see write short stories about history’s cranky ladies, those women who bucked the trends of their time and took on cultural norms to challenge society’s rules and ideas about how women should behave. Within just a few days, I had the project idea fully formed, had brought historian, editor and multi award-winning writer Tansy Rayner Roberts on board as co-editor, and we had begun the process of soliciting authors to submit. The speed at which projects can come into being is perhaps one of the biggest advantages a boutique press like FableCroft Publishing has, and we use it well!
fab weeks, the feedback and response from readers and writers everywhere proved so positive that Tansy and I started looking at ways we could take the project to the full heights it deserves, and we conceived the idea of crowdfunding for the anthology, in order to be able to pay our authors, artists and designer the pro-rates they really deserve.
We have been so fortunate to have an astonishing selection of authors express interest in writing for us, from all over the world.
Isn’t that just an awesome group of people?! We are so delighted to have multi-award winning author Jane Yolen confirmed for the anthology, and stories already in hand from some authors. While we have established and award-winning novelists and short story writers keen to be part of the book, we are also dedicated to supporting emerging writers, and are very excited to see what all our writers bring to the Cranky Ladies table (of contents).
Which Cranky Ladies might they be?
Part of the brief for writers was that we were aiming for a diverse range of cultures, historical periods and reasons for historical notoriety, and we think we’re doing okay on that front – it was great fun reading the story pitches for the anthology and discovering wonderful women from history we wanted to know more about!
If you would like to support the the Cranky Ladies of History Pozible campaign, you can do so here – thank you!
Cranky Ladies of History: the crowd-funding campaign
Tansy: Prelude to a crowd-funding
FableCroft: Kicking off the Tour – the Night Witches
Tansy: Cranky Ladies of History are GO
The History Girls: Cranky Ladies of History
Faith Mudge: Let’s Have A Rousing Discussion About Truth, Dragons and Historically Authentic Sexism
Sue Bursztynski: Margaret Bulkley, Dr Barry
Lee Battersby: Charlotte Corday
Joyce Chng: Leizu
Laura Lam: The Lioness of Brittany, Jeanne de Clisson
Lyn Battersby: Watch out! A cranky lady resides here
Ann Martin via FableCroft: Lottie Lyell (Australian film frontier-woman!)
Tansy Rayner Roberts via Champagne and Socks: History, fiction and cranky ladies
Tansy Rayner Roberts: Cranky Ladies, Horrible Histories & Mary Seacole
Joan Lennon via History Girls: Mary Anning in my mind
Dianne Touchell: Let’s talk about sex baby (Josephine Butler)
Kaia Landelius: Queen Margareta of Sweden
Benjamin T Smith: Joan of Arc
Narrelle M Harris: Euphemia Allen and “Chopsticks”
Tansy Rayner Roberts via SF Signal: Let’s talk about Cranky Ladies
Sylvia Kelso: Lilian Cooper, MD, FRACS: Writing a Cranky Lady in History, One
Elanor Matton-Johnson: Lady Jane Grey
Alex Pierce: The Pankhurst Women
Bess Lyre via FableCroft: Khadija
Juliet Marillier via FableCroft: Hildegard of Bingen
Liz Barr: Janet Kincaid
Kaia Landelius: Queen Kristina of Sweden
ABC News Online: Cranky Ladies article!
Gillian Polack via FableCroft: Helen Leonard
Narrelle M Harris: Lola Montez and the arts of beauty
Pamela Freeman: Lores Bonney
Tehani Wessely: Australian Children’s Authors of History
Mary-Louise Jensen via The History Girls: Aphra Behn
Katherine Roberts via The History Girls: Time and Boudica’s Daughters
Elizabeth Fremantle via The History Girls: Katherine Parr – Character, Courage and Commitment
Nicky Strickland: Boudicca
Alex Pierce & Tehani Wessely: Galactic Chat
Penny Dolan: The Book of Bossy Girls
Theresa Breslin via The History Girls: Cranky Old Lady
Celia Rees via The History Girls: Fight for the Right – Emily Davison and the Internet
NM Harris: Julie d’Aubigny aka La Maupin
Tansy Rayner Roberts via The History Girls: Sulpicia
LM Myles: 10 great military leaders, probably cranky ones
Tehani via Stephanie Burgis: Henry Handel Richardson
Bess Lyre via FableCroft: Tarenorerer
SF Signal included us in their crowdfunding roundup!
Kaaron Warren via Gillian Polack: Dr Emma Constance Stone
Aidan Doyle: Sei Shonagan
Jason Nahrung via Gillian Polack: Emilie Louise Flöge
Alex Isle via Gillian Polack: Mary Read (and Anne Bonney)
Jason Franks via Gillian Polack: Celia Franca
RJ Barker via Gillian Polack: Margaret of Anjou
Carrie Vaughn via Gillian Polack: Lilia Litviak and Ekaterina Budanova
Elizabeth Chadwick via The History Girls: Empress Matilda, having the right to be cranky
Marianne de Pierres via FableCroft: Jean d’Orléans
Becky Ferreira via Motherboard: Émilie du Châtelet (how cool is it how many cranky ladies posts out there, even when they aren’t written just for us?!)