Category Archives: Christine Finn news

Discover Jacquetta’s story via Unbound

Exciting news!  “Ice without, fire within”, Dr Christine Finn’s biography of Jacquetta Hawkes is being published via crowdfunding publisher Unbound. This offers an opportunity for readers to engage with the long overdue first biography of this fascinating woman.  Dr Finn follows in Jacquetta’s footsteps, and draws on her unique access to and knowledge of Jacquetta’s archive to trace her work from its origins in Cambridge to her celebrity status in London in postwar Britain.

If you are interested in archaeology, poetry, literature, culture, women, television, campaigning, nuclear issues … this book could be for you.  Take a look at the ‘pledges’, from e-books to talks and help make this book happen.


Jacquetta updates!

Coming along to our fantastic free event exploring Jacquetta’s Mount Carmel experience on 18 March?  All welcome and there is still room!  Register and find out more here.

Yesterday Dr Christine Finn was interviewed on BBC Radio Jersey: she discussed Jacquetta’s Jersey archae0logy and some exciting news about her authorised biography – you can listen to the interview on the iplayer (up till 10 April).  Christine’s piece is about an hour into the broadcast.

Overlooked: exploring the outsider artist

Jacquetta’s biographer Dr Christine Finn is curating an exhibition called Overlooked in her home town of Deal, from 22-30 June. The exhibition, part of the Love Architecture festival, reflects on outsider art through all kinds of activities. It is centred on Dr Finn’s family home, now an art space..

Bird House, photograph by Christine Finn

Radio Repeats

Delighted to hear that the BBC Radio 3 programme about Jacquetta Hawkes, which featured the Archive and me, will be repeated in August (Saturday 3rd).  I thought it was a really interesting exploration of Jacquetta’s life, work and place in history – very rewarding to be involved with it.

A Land at Chipping Campden Lit Fest

Dr Christine Finn will discuss Jacquetta’s life and ideas on Friday 3 May 2013 at the Chipping Campden Literature Festival.  Jacquetta had a particular connection with this part of Gloucestershire.  She lived in Chipping Campden for the latter part of her life, moving to a house called Littlecote after the death in 1984 of her husband J.B. Priestley.  This was, as her friend Diana Collins observed, a wise move, taking her away from the home she had shared with JB but not too far from her local friends and interests.

Jacquetta Hawkes in 1986, at Hubberholme church

Jacquetta Hawkes in 1986, at Hubberholme church

Full details of the programme, location, tickets etc. on the Festival website.  The Festival looks to be a fascinating mix of literary discussion, practical skills and fun for children.  Authors celebrated in the programme include Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Proust, Ford Madox Ford and Nancy Mitford.

On Blog and Pod (quick updates)

Quirky Yorkshire fashion blogger Noonton and Cocobean liked the Back to A Land Jacquetta Hawkes exhibition!

Great news!  The Radio 3 Jacquetta documentary is to be available indefinitely as a podcast.   So if you missed it, or want to hear it again, here it is!

More responses to the Radio 3 documentary and Back to A Land to follow … and do let me know your thoughts or any other reviews that you encounter.


Pick of the Week

The recent BBC radio programme about Jacquetta Hawkes is part of Radio 4’s Pick of the Week!  So it will be available online a little longer for anyone who has not heard it.