Harlots & Hangers-on!
24 Sep 2017
If you liked the Dickens Festival, then you may be interested in this.
Coming on 24th September - "Harlots & Hangers-on". Jane Wenham-Jones hosts a conversation with Lucinda Hawksley and Hallie Rubenhold about the 18th/19th century underworld.
The event will take place at The Pavilion, Harbour Street, Broadstairs at 3pm. Tickets (£12.50, including a cream tea) are available from The Pavilion on 01843 600999.
Lucinda Hawksley is an author, art historian and public speaker, with a special interest in literature and art from the 19th and early 20th centuries and in the history of London. She is also an award-winning travel writer with a love of the environment: cetaceans are one of her passions and she is a volunteer speaker for the Whales & Dolphins Conservation Society.
As a great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens, she has grown up with an interest in her family history. For the last decade she has been a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London and has also recently been made Patron of the Norwegian Pickwick Club.
Hallie Rubenhold is a critically acclaimed author, social historian, broadcaster and historical consultant for TV and film.
Hallie received her B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in British History and History of Art from the University of Leeds. Remaining at Leeds, she embarked on her studies for a PhD and later completed her thesis on the subject of marriage and child-rearing in the eighteenth century.
In 2005, she published The Covent Garden Ladies, which brought to public attention the true story of the Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies. Since its publication, her history of this notorious guidebook to Georgian London's prostitutes, along with her edited compendium of The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies has succeeded in capturing the imagination of millions.
Hallie's work has been the subject of several art exhibitions, three television programmes, including the hit drama series, Harlots (ITV Encore and Hulu) and even lines of jewellery, notepads and fridge magnets (yes, fridge magnets). In 2006, BBC4 broadcast The Harlots Handbook, a documentary based on Hallie's book which she presented.
Her equally celebrated second book, Lady Worsley's Whim (entitled The Lady in Red in the US) about the 18th century's most infamous adultery trial became BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in November 2008. In August 2015, it appeared as a 90 minute drama for BBC2 entitled The Scandalous Lady W, starring Natalie Dormer and Shaun Evans.