The Legacies of the First World War, Hawkesbury Upton Literary Festival, 10 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday 21 April 1918, Hawkesbury Upton

In the centenary of the end of the First World War, Suzie Grogan, Simon Bendry and Lucienne Boyce discuss some of the legacies of the War. They will consider how the trauma of the War had an impact on the nation’s mental health; its impact on the village of Hawkesbury Upton; and the effect it had on women’s lives.

Suzie Grogan is the author of the acclaimed Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health.

Simon Bendry is the author of Hawkesbury at War: the Roll of Honour which tells the stories of all those who fought, and died, in the First World War.

For further information see the HULF website.

Book Signing and Evening Social, Books on the Hill Bookshop, Hill Road, Clevedon, BS21 7PL, Saturday 5 May 2018

I will be signing copies of The Butcher’s Block: A Don Foster Mystery from 11 am, and from 5.30 pm you can join me for a glass of wine and hear me talk about my work and read from The Butcher’s Block. For more information see the Books on the Hill website.

A Walk With the Bristol Suffragettes, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, 13 June 2018

In 1907 Annie Kenney brought the militant struggle for votes for women to Bristol. Over the next few years the city witnessed colourful demonstrations, window-breaking, arson and riot. In this walk, I’ll tell the story of Bristol’s suffragette years and some of the women who fought for women’s right to vote. The walk starts outside the University of Bristol Students’ Union, Richmond Building, 105 Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN and ends at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Queen’s Road. Allow 1.5 hours. Further details to follow.

The Bristol Suffragettes, 7.30 pm, Friday 15 June 2018, North Somerset Conservatives Women’s Organisation, Bristol and Clifton Golf Club, Beggar Bush Lane, Bristol BS8 3TH

I will be talking about The Bristol Suffragettes in an event organised by North Somerset Conservatives. Tickets £9 each to include a glass of wine. To book and for further details see the North Somerset Conservatives website.

Votes for Women 100, 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday 30 June 2018, Bristol MShed, Prince’s Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN

The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network has partnered with Bristol MShed, Bristol Libraries, Bristol Outstories, and representatives of the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of votes for (some) women. This free, drop-in event will include talks, walks, gallery tours, a showing of the film Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film, a performance of Cicely Hamilton’s 1909 comedy How the Vote Was Won, craft activities for children, a “meet the experts” stand where you can find out more about researching the suffrage movement, and a panel discussion on what the vote has achieved for women and what has yet to be done.

Please note: this is a change from the date originally advertised due to the announcement that a royal wedding will be taking place on 19 May 2018.

Suffrage Stories, Backwell Festival, 7 July 2018, Literature Tent, Backwell Junior School, Bristol BS48 3JJ

I will be in conversation with David Lloyd to tell some of the exciting stories from Bristol’s suffrage years. Details to follow. For more information see the Backwell Literature Festival website.

Swindon, Wiltshire and the Suffragettes, Bath Centre in Support of the National Trust, 2.30 pm, 14 August 2018, Salvation Army Citadel, Green Park Road, Bath BA1 1XE

I will be talking to BCNT about local suffragettes. £3 for members and £5 for guests. For further details see the BCNT website.

Quakers and the Votes for Women Campaign, 6.15 pm Friday 31 August to 2pm Sunday 2 September 2018, Woodbrooke Study Centre, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6LJ

I will be leading this weekend residential course which will look at the involvement of Quakers in the campaign for the women’s franchise. Drawing on case studies of individual Quaker women, we will explore Quaker responses to the campaign, looking at the historical context, the rise of militancy, and the impact of the First World War. We will also consider what lessons the campaign has for activists today. Cost £170-£245. For details and booking see the Woodbrooke Study Centre website. 

Suffragettes in the West Country, History Conference, 9.30 am to 4 pm, Civic Centre, Trowbridge,  Saturday 6 October 2018

The History Conference is part of the Henry de Bohun Festival, which this year is on the theme of Radicals and Rebels: the Road to Democracy. Further details including ticket price to follow.