Dickens descendant at London History Festival

Dickens descendant at London History Festival


Author and historian Lucinda Hawksley, great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, came to Kensington Central Library on Tuesday 20 November to talk about Christmas in the Dickens household.

Hawksley is one of seven women historians who are taking part in the 10th London History Festival, which runs from until 29 November at Kensington Central Library in west London.  Her talk gave an insight into Dickens’s Christmases and how “A Christmas Carol”, published 175 years ago, became one of Charles Dicken’s most successful tales and changed the way Christmas is celebrated.

Cllr Catherine Faulks, Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Lead Member for Skills and Enterprise, said: “I’m delighted that this year’s history festival features so many female authors in a field which has often been dominated by men. My thanks to our partners Daunt Books and History Today for their support in bringing together readers and authors in a city so steeped in its own fascinating culture and history.”

Other speakers include historian and broadcaster Kate Williams and Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature at the University of London.  Williams, the author of “Rival Queens”, exploring the complex bond between the Tudor queens, cousins Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I, and their struggle to be both ‘woman and queen’. Churchwell’s talk “Behold, America” argue that the phrases ‘America First’ and the ‘American Dream’ are misunderstood and need to be considered afresh for the true spirit of America to be reclaimed.

Also speaking at the festival are: Clare Mulley, author of “The Women Who Flew for Hitler”, on 27 November; Katie Hickman, The Sunday Times bestselling list author of the “House at Bishopsgate” and Duncan Barrett, author of “Hitler’s British Isles”.

In addition, Natasha Pulley, Stuart Turton and Laura Purcell will take part in a historical writers’ panel on Thursday 22 November when they will discuss how they delved into history for inspiration for their work.

All talks will be followed by a book signing session, with books supplied by Daunt Books.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite or Kensington Library and cost £5 (£3 concessions) and include a complimentary drink.

For further information:

Pete Griffiths

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea


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