Working Women: An Audiotour for the 55 bus
Mare Street Narrow Way was home to Mary Wollstonecraft - an 18th century vindicator of the rights of women.
The words of poet Lotte Moos, with her ‘Night and Day Poems’, carry a 20th century echo. Burnt by her experiences in 1930s Berlin and by Nazi barbarities, Lotte Moos submerged herself in motherhood. Yet she never stopped ‘making things up’ in her head. She wrote in bed, on the bus, in any slack moment. For Lotte, the Hackney Writers’ Workshop at Centerprise was a university of sorts – ‘here everyone’s possibilities seem to open up possibilities for everyone else.’
You’ll pass the distinctive white arches of the old Mothers’ Hospital (left) where the ‘minute-by-minute babies' (featured in Sue Gardner's poem) were delivered.