The work and life of Martha Gellhorn, the great war correspondent who covered practically every trouble-spot on earth for six decades, including the Spanish Civil War, D-Day, Dachau, Viet Nam, Greenham Common, El Salvador and Mandela’s inauguration. Gellhorn’s main message was, ‘War happens to PEOPLE.’
She married Hemingway, learned from him and then, journalistically, outstripped him. Presidents, geniuses and generals sought her friendship, but she never lost the common touch. Scores of today’s foremost journalists were cheered on, championed and inspired by her.
Jack Klaff recalls his own encounters with Gellhorn in a piece at the Summerhall Fringe Festival 2015 interweaving her wildest and wittiest stories with her unmatchable war reports.