vanessa redgrave

vanessa redgrave

Poems That Make Grown Women Cry: Edna O’Brien

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As a sequel to their ‘Grown Men’ version of 2014, Anthony and Ben Holden introduce a selection of poems which haunt and move a throng of eminent women, who explain their choices before reading the poems themselves. Hosted by Kate Mosse, with Imtiaz Dharker, Mariella Frostrup, Jude Kelly, Maureen Lipman, Edna O’Brien, Vanessa Redgrave, Elif Shafak and Juliet Stevenson. From Amnesty: Writing poetry – and responding to it – happens because people care. It’s our capacity for caring that underpins why we have human rights. Poems That Make Grown Women Cry is emblematic not just of the human struggle to make a difference, but of ongoing efforts for gender equality. It is a celebration of poetry's age-old power to kindle aspirations to truth, justice and freedom. Someone who very much wanted to contribute to this anthology but couldn’t is Chelsea Manning, an American soldier and whistleblower. She is serving a 35-year sentence in military prison for leaking classified US government documents to the WikiLeaks website, publicly revealing that the US army, the CIA and Iraqi and Afghan forces committed human rights violations. We want Chelsea to walk free. Please take action for Chelsea at https://www.amnesty.org.uk/iar https://www.amnesty.org.uk/