• Wilkie Collins and the secret marriage
    Wilkie Collins and the secret marriage
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    Jen Pedler writes about the complicated private life of Victorian Novelist Wilkie Collins. You can find out more on Jen’s walk “Walk Wilkie’s Way” on Thursday 6th October at 11am which is part of our Literary Footprints Festival Illegitimacy, bigamy, matrimonial irregularity, complex wills, murder, legalistic deception, financial skulduggery… all this and more features in the…

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  • Orwell In The Clink
    Orwell In The Clink
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    Next in our series of Literary Footprints 2016 posts, David Charnick recounts the young Eric Blair’s early brushes with the law in the East End and how he put those experiences to use when creating one of the greatest novels of the 20th century. On the evening of Saturday 19 December 1931, a man was…

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  • ‘Bertie learns how to write’: The apprenticeship of HG Wells
    ‘Bertie learns how to write’: The apprenticeship of HG Wells
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    With our annual Literary Footprints Festival just around the corner, Robin Rowles recounts some of the early endeavours of one of our greatest authors of science fiction. HG Wells is best known as the author of The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds and many other scientific romances. However, before penning these timeless works,…

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