Ethel Carnie Holdsworth

Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886-1962) was a writer, feminist, poet, journalist.

Ethel was born in Oswaldtwistle and worked in mills from the age of eleven.

Her first book of poetry, Rhymes From The Factory, was published in 1907.

This later came to the attention of Robert Blatchford of the Clarion.

He offered Ethel a job writing for The Woman Worker newspaper.

She continued to write both poetry and novels.

One of Ethel’s novels, Helen Of Four Gates, was made into a film in 1920 using locations around Hebden Bridge.

Edith lived near Hebden Bridge in the 1920’s where she and her husband, Alfred, edited The Clear Light, an anti-fascist journal.