W F Wallett, the Queen's Jester and the Most Famous Man You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of

Dr Ann Featherstone


Region:
East Midlands
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Type:
Professional
Fee:
Paid: 50.00
Category:
History
Updated:
18th September 2017
Tagged:
Circus | Comedy | History | Victorian

Had you lived in Victorian times, the name of W F Wallett (1806 - 1892), born in Hull, died in Beeston, Nottingham, would have been very familiar to you. An actor, circus clown, Shakespearean clown, juggler, acrobat, entrepreneur and, so he claimed, favourite of Queen Victoria, his life was a fascinatingly strange one, which I am pleased and excited to share.

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About Dr Ann Featherstone

I am a retired university lecturer and teacher as well as a writer. I write non-fiction books and articles and I’m a historical novelist with two novels to my name. My particular interest is the 19th century: popular entertainment, theatre, music hall, circus and literature. I have appeared on The One Show, The World’s Oldest Joke (with Sir Michael Grade) and in documentaries about fairs and circuses on BBC4. I’ve been a guest expert on Who Do You Think You Are twice, once with Sheridan Smith and in the new 2016 series – the identity of that celebrity I’m not at liberty to reveal! My talks are informative, well-researched and well-presented. Someone said to me recently, “I could have listened to you for another hour!” Praise indeed.

All of my talks are illustrated with good quality Powerpoint slides. I bring my own projector. And a screen if necessary.

As well as the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire), I will travel to the West Midlands and South Yorkshire .


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