Tag: Cringleford Historical Society

Cringleford Historical Society Talk

Tonight, 18th November, I had the pleasure of taking  stories from Escaping Hitler to the good people of the Cringleford Historical Society, just outside Norwich.

Over fifty people came to listen to me talk about Joe Stirling’s life, my research techniques and publication journey.  It was wonderful to see so many faces, all listening attentively, and to field a good number of intelligent questions.

I tried not to give away my best anecdotal stories but some people did twist my arm.  It is very easy after four years to get a little too familiar with the tale of Günter Stern and his early life in Nazi Germany, so to watch the faces of people hearing it for the first time is always priceless.  Unfortunately no real books to sell quite yet, but I did take some names of those who wish to be kept informed, and all my marketing postcards disappeared!

I really enjoyed the evening and am very grateful to the Society for inviting me along.

My display of research material – always gets a lot of interest
The good people of Cringleford gather to hear me speak
My best ‘speaker’ dress!


Even with a further ten weeks or so to publication, the word is out there and people want to hear the story of Joe Stirling’s remarkable life and how my debut biography Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future (with foreword by Shirley Williams) came about.   I now have nine speaking engagements in the diary including Cringleford Historical Society, Old Catton, Brooke and Norwich Lunchtime Women’s Institutes, Wymondham Heritage Society, the Out and About Club in Norwich, Mid Norfolk Family History Society, East Anglia Women Networking Group and, of course, Nickenich in the Rhineland on 13th May.  I will be brushing up my public speaking skills in readiness, I certainly am not short of enthusiasm!

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