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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.


Wives and Mothers

“Behind every successful man …”  Dr Christine Finn will be discussing wives and mothers in history and fiction with Gaynor Arnold at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, Saturday 27 March 2010.  Event no 804.  Dr Finn will talk about two women in particular: Ann Dunham, mother of Barack Obama, and Jacquetta Hawkes.   Gaynor Arnold’s novel, Girl in a Blue Dress, was inspired by the difficult marriage of Charles and Catherine Dickens.