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History and Imagination Readers’ Day at Beeston Library

28 March

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On Saturday 28 March 2020 at Beeston Library,  guest speakers include: Sarah Gristwood, Angus Donald, Clare Harvey and, Mahsuda Snaith.

9.15am – 9.45am REGISTRATION

9.45am – 10am WELCOME

10am – 10.35am – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: THE JOURNEY FROM HOBBY TO A WRITING CAREER
Sarah Murden and Joanne Major met via an online genealogy forum, one thing led to another and, via a twice weekly blog, they are now joint authors of three biographies and their latest book All things Georgian – tales from the long Eighteenth Century.

10.35am – 10.50am – BREAK

10.50am – 11.40am – PARALLEL SESSIONS

A. ROMANTIC REPUTATIONS – ANGELIC AUSTEN AND BEASTLY BYRON
Was Lord Byron really ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’? Was Jane Austen ‘a narrow-gutted spinster’? We think we know literary figures from history, either from their works or reputations. But are our preconceptions justified? Join PhD researchers Ruby Hawley-Sibbett and Amy Wilcockson for a discussion of these polarised figures.

B. HISTFIC HOMECOMING – CLARE HARVEY
Acclaimed historical fiction author Clare Harvey talks about how her adopted home city of Nottingham inspired her novel The Night Raid, featuring Nottingham artist Laura Knight. Looking at the settings and history behind the story’s creation will stimulate sharing our own memories of the local area and what they mean to us.

C. UNEARTHING VOICES: USING RESEARCH TO UNCOVER STORIES FROM BRITAIN’S COLONIAL PAST
Local writer Mahsuda Snaith talks about her experience as a writer for Colonial Countryside; a nationwide project to delve into the colonial connections of National Trust properties. Focussing on Kedleston Hall, Mahsuda will discuss how she used research, museum objects and interviews to help her write a series of short stories and in the process discover that we are all connected by history.

D. WILL YOU WALK INTO MY PARLOUR?
So begins one of Mary Howitt’s most famous poems. Join County Archivist Ruth Imeson for a selection of women’s stories from around the county. From Gertrude Savile’s search for love, to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s introduction of smallpox inoculation to Britain, you’ll be amazed at the tales Nottinghamshire Archives has to tell.

11.40am – 12.40pm – ANGUS DONALD
After a varied career, involving fruit picking, anthropology and journalism, Angus now writes full time from a medieval farmhouse in Kent. His bestselling Outlaw Chronicles, a series of eight books set in the 12th/13th centuries, feature a gangster-ish Robin Hood and his loyal lieutenant Sir Alan Dale. His other work includes the Holcroft Blood series starring an English Army artillery officer, who was the son of notorious 17th-century Crown Jewel thief, Colonel Thomas Blood.

12.40pm – 1.40pm – LUNCH – Please bring your own lunch or buy from local food outlets.

1.40pm – 2.30pm – PARALLEL SESSIONS

E. BONNETS TO BREECHES
Want to know more about how to weave a fictional narrative around historical facts? Liz Carney-Marsh, organiser of the North Notts Literary Festival, uses the example of her prize-winning story inspired by members of the Women’s Land Army at Clumber Park to show how history can excite the imagination.

F. ANGUS DONALD IN DEPTH
Join Angus for more tales of his historical writing and reflection on why we are drawn to stories from the past and the links between history and imagination.

G. NOTTINGHAM CITY OF LITERATURE
Matt Turpin was part of the team that successfully lobbied UNESCO to award Nottingham ‘City of Literature’ status. Four years on from that achievement, he now runs communications for the project, and is highlighting Nottingham’s rich literary heritage and how that informs perceptions of the modern city. What do you think about Nottingham’s “home-grown” talent?

H. ROMANTIC REPUTATIONS – ANGELIC AUSTEN AND BEASTLY BYRON
Was Lord Byron really ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’? Was Jane Austen ‘a narrow-gutted spinster’? We think we know literary figures from history, either from their works or reputations. But are our preconceptions justified? Join PhD researchers Ruby Hawley-Sibbett and Amy Wilcockson for a discussion of these polarised figures.

2:30pm – 2.45pm – BREAK

2.45pm – 3.45pm – SARAH GRISTWOOD
After leaving Oxford, Sarah Gristwood worked as a journalist, eventually specialising in film interviews – including Johnny Depp and Paul McCartney. Then she turned to writing about Tudor celebrities with two bestselling biographies – Arbella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester. Later non-fiction books include Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe and Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses, as well as two historical novels, The Girl in the Mirror and The Queen’s Mary. Her detailed knowledge of Arbella Stuart, Bess of Hardwick’s granddaughter, makes her the ideal speaker to close our day of history and imagination linked to the local area.

How to Book
Pricing: £17 full price | £15 concessions (unwaged/over 60/student)
Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
Book online and pay by credit/debit card securely using Eventbrite.
Visit the web address below to book your tickets and sessions:
inspireculture.org.uk/historyreaders
Alternatively visit the library in person to pay and staff will register your session preferences.
We cannot guarantee these but will do our best to give you your first choice.

Details

Date:
28 March
Cost:
£17
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Website:
inspireculture.org.uk/historyreaders

Organiser

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries
Website:
www.inspireculture.org.uk

Venue

Beeston Library
Foster Avenue
Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AE
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Phone:
0115 9255168
Website:
https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/reading-information/find-a-library/beeston-library/

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