Sappho, who lived during the period 630-570BC, was an Ancient Greek poet born on the Island of Lesbos.
Very little is known about her life, and much of her poetry has been lost.
She is believed to have committed suicide by jumping off the cliffs of Leucadia because of her unrequited love for the ferryman Phaon.
Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite
(Note: Lesbian in the title of the video means 'having associations with the Island of Lesbos'):
Murasaki Shikibu (a pseudonym) was a Japanese novelist and poet who lived some time between the late 10th and early 11th century.
In English, she is generally known as Lady Murasaki.
One of her works, The Tale of Genji, is thought to be one of the first novels ever written.
Piccadilly is a street in the London borough of Westminster, which runs from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus.
Sir Archibald Bodkin KCB (1862-1957) was the Director of Public Prosecutions between 1920 and 1930. He was renowned for the hard line he took against so-called 'obscene publications', and played a part in the suppression of Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness.
(Readers of bookmark p.122 may be interested to know that he was a Knight Commander of the Bath!).
John Eric Langdon-Davies (1897-1971) was an author and journalist. He worked as a war correspondant for the News Chronicle during the Spanish Civil War, and wrote several books based on his experiences of that conflict.
His book A Short History of Women, which discusses the differing perceptions of women at different stages in human history, was published in 1927.
He worked on the Dictionary of National Biography alongside Virginia Woolf's father, Sir Leslie Stephen, and succeeded him as editor in 1891.
His biography of Shakespeare, Life of William Shakespeare, was published in 1898.