Creative Futures: Pro Practitioner, Client Project: Women of the World or WOW! Women of Hull Research 3:

Here is the next two women of Hull that I have chosen for my client project:

Jean Bishop:

Not much is known about Jean Bishop except for the fact that she is called the pride of Britain due to her wining a pride of Britain for her years of dedication to raising money for Charity.She was also awarded the Fundraiser of the Year Gong and has successfully over £100,000 but is aiming to raise over £200,000 for Age UK.

Jean to joined Age UK after the death of her Husband seventeen years ago and then three years later she took up her bee costume and donation bucket. Jean also was one of the people from hull that carried the London 2012 Olympics torch.

Stevie Smith:

Stevie Smith (Florence Margaret Smith) was born on 20 September 1902 to Ethal and Charles Smith in Kingston Upon Hull. Her ncikname within the family was Peggy but the name Steve was given to her by her friend when they were young stating that she reminded her of the English flate race jockey Steve Donoghue. Her father was a delivery man and when both his marriage and business collapsed leading to her father fleeing to sea and she hardley saw him again a part for the ocassional post card from him tell her his next location with Love daddy written at the end. When she reached the age of three she moved to Palmers Green, North London where she stayed for the rest of her life. At one point her mother fell ill and her and her sister was raised by her aunt Madge Spear who they called the “Lion Aunt” and was a feminist who often stated that she had no pactients with men. Due to their mother been ill, their lack of father and them been rasised by the aunt, both Stevie and Molly were ver independent women.

At the age of five Stevie fell ill with Tubercular Peritonitis and was sent away to a medical facility near Broadstairs and stayed there for three years and began to associated her medical condition with death which in turn became one of her ain influences for her writings and the death of her mother when she was sixteen help influence this further. Stevie also suffered from acute nervousness. One of her first poems that she wrote during her childhood in London was A House of Mercy. Stevie was eductaed at Palmers Green High school and North London Collegiate School for Girls. From 1923 to 1953 she worked as a private secretary to Sir Neville Pearson and Sir George Newnes at Newnes Publishing Co. Over the years steveie had a large collection of contact with other authors and writers from Elisabeth Lutyens and Anna Kallin.

When she retired from Newnes in 1953 she went to BBC and read her poetry live on radio broad cast.


  • Novel on Yellow Paper (Cape, 1936)
  • Over the Frontier (Cape 1938)
  • The Holiday (Chapman and Hall, 1949)

Poetry collections

  • This Englishwoman (1937)
  • A Good Time Was Had By All (Cape, 1937)
  • Tender Only to One (Cape, 1938)
  • Mother, What Is Man? (Cape, 1942)
  • Harold’s Leap (Cape, 1950)
  • Not Waving but Drowning (Deutsch, 1957)
  • Selected Poems (Longmans, 1962) includes 17 previously unpublished poems
  • The Frog Prince (Longmans, 1966) includes 69 previously unpublished poems
  • The Best Beast (Longmans, 1969)
  • Two in One (Longmans, 1971) reprint of Selected Poems and The Frog Prince
  • Scorpion and Other Poems (Longmans, 1972)
  • Collected Poems (Allen Lane, 1975)
  • Selected Poems (Penguin, 1978)
  • New Selected Poems of Stevie Smith (New Directions, 1988)
  • Come on Come Back 1972


  • Some Are More Human Than Others: A Sketch-Book (Gaberbocchus Press, 1958)
  • Cats in Colour (Batsford, 1959)
  • Me Again: Uncollected Writings of Stevie Smith (Virago, 1984)
  • “The Necessity of Not Believing” (Gemini No. 5, Spring 1958, Vol. 2, No. 1)