Harriet Turner and James Foster - two young people who made terrible decisions which changed their lives irrevocably. One killed her baby, the other stole a watch. One narrowly avoided hanging, the other was transported to Australia. In this talk I examine not only the crimes and the punishments, but also their contexts. Why was the baby killed? Why was the watch stolen? What were conditions like on the convict hulks and in local prisons?Views: 580 | Enquiries: 1
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 2016 with Sir Ian McKellan. I have also appeared on the BBC's A House Through Time.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 lap-top and 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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