In memory of Deborah Lavin
2 December 1951 – 23 March 2020
Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!
Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae fareweel alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.
Deborah was born and lived in London. She worked as an actress and stand up poet and wrote several plays. One, Happy Families, a Greek Tragedy in London was produced in December 2018 at the Studio Life Theatre in Tokyo, directed in 2019 by Jun Kurata in Japanese translation.
In autumn 2018 Deborah curated two talks series for Conway Hall, London; Prostitution, Pimping and Trafficking and Writing Wrongs. Deborah gave talks on various radical and socialist figures in the 19th century, and also on Victorian medical issues, especially the controversies surrounding syphilis, contraception, vivisection and lady doctors.
Deborah was also co-working with Catherine Howe (author of George Jacob Holyoake’s Journey of 1842 ) on a History of the Theatre Girls Club and the 59 Greek St, Soho, generally.
Deborah’s last book, a long biography of Dr Edward Aveling, the “toxic partner” of Eleanor Marx, will be published posthumously.