Dr. Abushady and Annie (with Fahmy) in Benson, Oxfordshire (ca.1922). Photo courtesy of David and Peggy Sidebottom, Toronto, ONT and the Abushady Archive.
Dr. A.Z. Abushady (1892-1955) was an influential Egyptian poet and scientist who lived and worked in England and Egypt. A physician, bacteriologist, beekeeper, inventor, Romantic poet, and publisher of an array of scientific, cross-cultural and poetry journals, Abushady was an indefatigable builder of libraries and institutions. His wife Annie (née Bamford; 1885-1946) was an independent-minded globetrotter and self-described freemason. Her branch of the family of Stalybridge cotton weavers was descended from Samuel Bamford, the renowned 19th-century labor organizer and author of Passages in the Life of a Radical. Together, Annie and Zaky introduced innovations to agricultural and beekeeping practices in England (1919-1922) and in Egypt (1922-1946).