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100 years - vote for women

Story added 6th Feb 2018


Today marks 100 years that the first British women won the right to vote – to celebrate we’re honouring all our female students, staff and fellows...


City Lit Fellow Andrea Levy 

Andrea Levy, a City Lit creative writing student, was born in London in 1956 to Jamaican parents. She is the author of five novels, Every Light in the House Burnin' (1994), Never Far from Nowhere (1996), Fruit of the Lemon (1999), Small Island (2004) The Long Song (2010) and a collection of short stories, Six Stories and an Essay. Small Island was the unique winner of both the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Whitbread  Book of the Year 2004, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2005 and the Orange Prize‚ Best of the Best. It was also adapted for BBC television and broadcast in 2009. The Long Song was the winner of the 2011 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and was also shortlised for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. 
Watch an interview with Andrea Levy


Chair of the Board of Governors Dame Moira Gibb

Dame Moira Gibb was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Camden (which includes Keeley Street), for eight years until 2012. Prior to that she managed housing and social services in another London borough and worked in a number of local authority social services departments. She has also been a lecturer in social work and a teacher. 

She now also chairs Skills for Care, and is a non executive director of NHS England and of the UK Statistics Authority as well as being a member of Council of the University of Reading. She was a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012-15 and a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11.

She is a graduate of Glasgow University, was made a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute in 2011, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law by the University of East Anglia in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Kingston University in 2013. 


City Lit Fellow Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman OBE has a long connection with City Lit as a former student attending diverse courses with us since the late 1980s.  Having written over fifty books, Malorie is acknowledged as one of today’s most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been recognised with numerous honours for her work, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. 

In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children’s books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children’s literature. Malorie was the Children’s Laureate 2013–2015


City Lit Fellow Carole Stutt

Carole Stott MBE, is a former Chair of the Board of Governors of City Lit and during her tenure we were recognised with an outstanding Ofsted rating and the Investors in People Gold Award. Carole is a qualified teacher who has taught in further education, schools and universities. She was Chief Executive of the National Open College Network for five years from 1999 and was a Director at Credit Works from 2004 to 2012. 

In 2013, Carole was appointed Chair of the Association of Colleges, the national membership organisation for colleges throughout the UK.


Drama student Penelope Maynard

Discover how City Lit drama courses provide inspiration and substance in Penelope’s retirement, and her general view of City Lit after being a student here for a number of years. Having taken over 15 courses, City Lit plays an enormous role in her daily life. Watch Penelope's video


Former City Lit student and food writer Sumayya Usmani 

Sumayya studied food writing at City Lit with Nikki Spencer. Her debut cookbook and memoir, Summers Under the Tamarind Tree, was published by Frances Lincoln in 2017. The book was shortlisted for the Food & Travel Awards 2016, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016, and was voted a cookbook of the year in many publications including the Guardian, Independent, Irish Times and Sunday Herald. Her latest book is available now. Read here our interview with Sumayya