Maureen Duffy at 80: In Times Like These
'DUFFY DAY' GUESTBOOK - KING'S COLLEGE LONDON - 6 DECEMBER 2013
Header image: Maureen Duffy.
Sections and Chapters
Duffy and King's introduction
Finding Maureen Duffy in the Archives
King's in Maureen Duffy's time
Christine Kenyon Jones
Kings, and Queens, Histories in Fact and Fiction
Clare A. Lees
Panel Summary: the city as a space for new possibilities
Writing, Rites, and Rights
A Window for Maureen Duffy
Fighting and Writing introduction
Duffy and the European Writers' Congress
An 80th Birthday Honorific Speech
Memories of the German Writers' Union
For Maureen Duffy, Poiêtes
"Maureen is a stalwart of the copyright scene and a tireless force for authors. She is knowledgeable, direct and clear in her quest to obtain a fair deal for authors and to ensure that they have a favourable environment in which to write."
Nicola Solomon - Society of Authors
"In addition to all her literary and political achievements, which are justly recorded and lauded elsewhere, Maureen Duffy is also a terrific human being.
I first met her in the very early noughties when I became involved in writers’ issues through the Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) and later the European Writers’ Congress (now Council) (EWC). I confess that on first meeting her I was rather intimidated by her demeanour and the formidable reputation that preceded her. But the moment we spoke, she immediately put me at my ease, and before too long I was enveloped in her warmth and inclusivity.
As a special representative to, then board member of the EWC, I was able to observe and experience, first hand, Maureen’s acuteness as a guardian eagle of writers’ intellectual property; ready to swoop down and do battle with any corporate hyena who was attempting to steal away with our rights. She has been and remains our greatest champion.
To be with Maureen is to be with an erudite and absorbing intellect, as well as a caring and humorous companion. She is a real mensch.
Happy Birthday Maureen."
Graham Lester George - Vice President of EWC 2007-9 and Chair of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain 2003-6. He is now a writer and director, and owner of Small Change Films.