Evelyn Sharp

Evelyn Sharp (1869-1955), journalist, writer and suffragist, was born into a large family, being the ninth of eleven children. The folk song and dance expert, Cecil Sharp was her brother. Although contributing to the Yellow Book, Evelyn Sharp mainly wrote for children, having over twenty titles published. She was converted to women’s suffrage in 1906. In 1911 and 1913 she was briefly imprisoned. A pacifist, she continued her fight for the vote during the First World War, refusing to pay taxes. She worked in war-torn Germany and in famine areas of Russia in the nineteen-twenties. Her autobiography, An Unfinished Adventure, was published in 1933. The day she completed it book she married H. W. Nevinson, a fellow campaigning journalist and writer.

Evelyn Sharp died in a nursing home in 1955, depression and failing eyesight making her final years difficult ones.