4. Mind your grammar! Barbara Crosbie on Anne Fisher

About the Episode

The 18th century Newcastle entrepreneur, Anne Slack, who published under her maiden name Fisher, has been described as the first female grammarian of modern English. However, she has disappeared into the archives and Barbara Crosbie wants to bring her back.

In this episode, Barbara and I talk about why she was such a trailblazer, and the work Barbara has done to revive interest in this significant northern figure. We start with the recently installed black plaque dedicated to Anne Fisher at the Church of St John the Baptist in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Barbara Crosbie is Associate Professor of Early Modern British History at the Durham University.

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