Where 19 year old Flora Nicholson learns about the Child Labour Problem and the relation it has to her love of clothing.
I thought I might do it in a blog. Why not?
It might prove excellent motivation and a platform for thinking things out.
When I first stumbled upon the Nicholson letters, I was overwhelmed. I did not quite know what to do with them.
When I approached a literary agent, he told me letters were boring but he'd like to work with me on something else.
They just needed to be worked upon. A formula had to be found.
The expert in Canadian Family history said the letters on the website were rare and worthy of being compiled in a scholarly book. The material on my website was all I needed.
I didn't do it. I knew I had to write something more accessible and for young people.
Many visitors are obviously students.The most popular pages are fashion, transportation, cost of living, suffrage, and entertainment.It is rare that visitors read the letters. But it happens.
The School of Education at McGill has used the story of the Nicholsons as a preparation for when the teachers go on their work stages. They like Flo's story, as she 'is an ordinary student.'
Today, inspired by the book Nella Last's War, created from a diary and the Writing the Century series of BBC Radio Four, a historical program assembled from diaries and letters, I have decided to write this book.