'The Hard Way': the story of Hannah Mitchell

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Library Education Room (lower ground floor), LSE Library, United Kingdom


Louise Jordan

Singer, songwriter, musician and composer

From a remote hilltop farm in the Derbyshire moorlands to Manchester city magistrate. The Hard Way is a one-woman show of storytelling with song by acclaimed musician and composer Louise Jordan.

With two weeks’ formal schooling behind her and through her sheer force of character, Hannah escapes domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a magistrate.

A self-taught, self-made woman, Hannah leaves home aged 14 years, exchanging one exploitative situation for another. In 1906 she finds herself face to face with Winston Churchill at a public meeting and spends time in Strangeways prison. This show celebrates one woman’s determination to take power in the face of insurmountable barriers, motivated by a desire to improve life for those around her.

Louise Jordan is a singer, songwriter, musician and composer whose interests include history and the tradition of interpreting stories through song.

Louise has toured in the UK and Europe since 2010 sharing traditional folk songs, original material and stories from her native Hampshire, Wiltshire, the UK and beyond. With a particular interest in the representation of women Louise places interaction at the core of her practise, inspired by the ability of music to generate discussion and debate.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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