We're delighted that best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope will be our special guest speaker at a lunch on 3rd December 2019. Joanna has always championed the cause of good literacy: she says: ‘I’m really saddened by the abiding shame that accompanies not being able to read and write properly – and cheered by the real joy that comes with learning to do both.
Joanna has been writing for over thirty years and is well known for her enormously successful contemporary fiction. She has been described as one of the most insightful chroniclers and social commentators writing today. Born in her grandfather’s rectory in the Cotswold village of Minchinhampton in December 1943, Joanna says: ‘Being born somewhere with a strong local sense, like the Cotswolds, gave me not just a sense of rootedness, but a capacity to value landscape and weather and the accessible richness of community life.' After winning a scholarship to Oxford University, Joanna joined the Foreign Office and then became a teacher of English. She began writing ‘to fill the long spaces after the children had gone to bed’ and for many years combined her writing career with working as a teacher. By 1980, Joanna became a full-time author and has now written 17 novels, many of which have been translated into different languages and several of which have been the subject of popular TV adaptations.
The event will take place in the magnificent surroundings of the Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey thanks to the generosity of Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford.
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