Cooltan Arts International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day


Cooltan Arts on 14th March 2012

Cooltan Arts celebrated Womens Day with a Theme on Charles Dickens’s Women

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More than hundred women and men visited Cooltan Arts.  They saw art of women in the literatures of Charles Dickens in the Cooltan Arts Gallery full of paintings of Nancy Sykes from Oliver Twist and Miss Haversham from the Great Expectations and many more from other books.  An exciting textille sculpture of Madam Defarge of the Tale of Two Cities was a good surprisze.

The Chief Executive officer of the Cooltan Arts introduced the audience full of Gallery and waiting outside the purpose of the Day. 

In her talk she explained the various female characters from the many novel-books of Dickens.  She even saw the good side of Madam Defarge as a woman leading the phesants and explited and have nots revolution.  She saw the hard-wearing quality in women.

After her spirit rousing introduction two women and on man presented their poems on the female characters of Charles Dickens.

Then there were free workshops for womenand men.  Following were the workshops on the day:

1) Self- Advocacy inspired by Dickens: skills to take control of one’s own Life

2) Personal Finance-Practical “tools” for manging the money.

3) Violence Against Women: Assertiveness workshop

4)Women’s Poetry Writing: skills and stimulations.

All in all the day was very enjoyable to all in a relaxed atmosphere.

Here are some of the Highlights of the Day:

Magnificent Poems:


Quote from Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens

Jean Wearn Wallace

She is a wife and a mother;

More than a harlot in the bedroom;

More than a baby machine;

More than a milk cow;

More than a housekeeper;

More than an accountant;

More than a nursemaid;

More than a nutritionist;

More than an educator;

More than a confidant. 

She is a woman.

A person in her own right,

With her own needs and gifts;

More than worthy of respect;

An Eve, a Helen, a Cleopatra.

Inside every woman lies

The essence of superwoman.


Elizabeth (Burrows) Dickens

Mother of Charles Dickens


Jean Wearn Wallace

Elizabeth focused her bright hazel eyes

On her brothers’ work colleague, John.

John was captivated by pretty, dark ringlets,

A wasp waist, her gaiety and joie de vie.

For their first eleven years, they prospered.

Delighting in the birth of Fanny and Charles;

Yet heartbroken at the early death of Harriet.

Consoled with four more children.


Elizabeth taught all her children to read

And write, plus the rudiments of Latin.

Fanny was the musical prodigy,

Where Charles was more cerebral.


They moved to London, John’s improvidence

Brought about their reduced circumstances.

Even Elizabeth’s shrewd management

Couldn’t repair the damage.  She even tried to

Open a girls’ boarding school, but that failed. 


Eventually John was arrested for debt.

Elizabeth arranged for Fanny to go to

The Royal Academy of Music and

Charles to go to the Blacking Factory,

His 7 shilling wage kept the family going.

But Charles never forgave his mother.


John rescued Charles from the factory

And he resumed his studies.  Later it

Was Elizabeth who found him work,

First at a firm of solicitors, then at the

Newspaper, where he really flourished.


Theirs was a happy, fruitful union

Her sense of the ludicrous and vitality,

His caring, good and unselfish nature;

Created their bond of a loving marriage.









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