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Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch

A writer in the true sense of the word, Iris Murdoch not only penned books in both fiction and philosophy, she also wrote literary criticism, poetry, plays and dramatic adaptations of her novels. Born in Ireland in 1919, Murdoch moved to Britain at a young age, attending progressive, independent schools as a child before attaining her undergraduate degree at Oxford, where she studied Greats. During the Second World War she was conscripted to work at Her Majestys Treasury, and after the war she went on to work across Europe helping refugees with...


Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray was many things throughout her life, but first and foremost she was a designer - of furniture, interiors and architecture. Born into the aristocracy in Ireland in 1878, Gray was encouraged to paint by her father when she was a child, and went on to attend Slade School of Art in London as a young adult. While studying, Gray became an apprentice in Dean Charlesfurniture restoration workshop and discovered her love of lacquering, then moving on to Paris to study under and collaborate with northern Japanese lacquer artist Seizo...


Michelle Obama & Marie Kondo

Michelle Obama & Marie Kondo

How quickly this time rolls around, the time for reflection, refocussing and resolutions that a New Year brings. Even if you’re sure of your goals and any changes you want to make in 2019, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out how exactly to go about doing it. That’s why it’s valuable and important, at this time when we spend so much time looking inward, to look outward and study what women before us have done to enact and manage change in their lives.

If you’re looking to make practical...


Dame Mary Beard

Dame Mary Beard

If you were to think of the study of Ancient Romans, it may evoke mental images of stuffy old men in
dusty libraries with their heads buried in books. Though if you were to learn about English classicist
Mary Beard and her work – that might change.

Mary Portas

Mary Portas

Mary Portas, the fabulously dressed, straight talking woman with a sharp, bright orange bob.