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Beryl Gilroy


The star of our 40th (!) episode is author, educator, and therapist Beryl Gilroy. Born in what was then British Guiana, she trained as a teacher before migrating to London in 1952 as part of the Windrush generation and work all manner of jobs until becoming one of the very first Black head teachers in the UK. Her groundbreaking debut, Black Teacher (1976), documented her journey that that point, and she’d keep publishing all the way to her death in 2001. Telling her story is Berlin-based author Divya Ghelani.

DLS co-founder Florian Duijsens joins host/producer Susan Stone to add some Beryl-related news, and also to talk about our upcoming March 11, 2021 Zoom Dead Ladies Show event with Scotland's International Poetry Festival, StAnza, with tickets available here: https://stanzapoetry.org/festival/events/past-present-annette-von-droste-h-lshoff

To learn more about Beryl Gilroy, and see some lovely photos, visit our episode page here: https://deadladiesshow.com/2021/02/12/podcast-40-beryl-gilroy/

Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.

Thanks for listening! We’ll be back with a new episode next month.


The Dead Ladies Show is a series of entertaining and inspiring talks about women who achieved amazing things against all odds, presented live in Berlin and beyond. This podcast is based on that series. Because women's history is everyone's history.

The Dead Ladies Show was founded by Florian Duijsens and Katy Derbyshire.

The podcast is created, produced, edited, and presented by Susan Stone.

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Episode 40

Season 4

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