Josephine Hart, writer and ‘heroine’ who inspired Herstory

Hart harnessed early tragedy to become a publisher, writer, poetry promoter and television producer

“Poetry has never let me down. Without poetry, I would have found life less comprehensible, less bearable and infinitely less enjoyable.”

“Poetry has never let me down. Without poetry, I would have found life less comprehensible, less bearable and infinitely less enjoyable.”

Mullingar-born Josephine Hart harnessed early tragedy to become a publisher, writer, poetry promoter and television producer. She moved in London’s glittering literary and theatre scenes, counting famous actors and royalty among her friends, and made astute use of these networks to help promote the art form she adored - poetry. She was also, in the words of Virago publishing’s Lennie Goodings, a person who “teased, loved banter, had a great warmth and laughed easily”.

Hart was born in 1942. The family was struck by extraordinary misfortune, with Josephine losing three of her four younger siblings to illness or accident by the time she was 17.

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