On Wednesday 8th February, I was honoured to give a talk at the iconic Norfolk Record Office where so much wonderful research material, stretching from far off medieval times, is stored. I have spent many happy hours pouring over documents and photographs AND NOW I was here as a guest lunchtime speaker. About fifty people turned up to see my brand new slide show, outlining the remarkable life of Kindertransport refugee Joe Stirling, whose destiny was to become Sheriff of Norwich (and so much more!) The audience were attentive and respectful as I described my research journey, including ‘footstepping’ his parents’ final forced walk through Koblenz in March 1942, on their way to Poland and their deaths at Sobibor death camp. Happier photos followed and the audience were delighted when Joe stood to join me for a question and answer session. He answered four or five questions in his usual eloquent style. And then we signed books! Very very pleased and our thanks go to Karen Gaffney and her team at NRO who organised the event. And for all the tweets they were sending out!
One for the diary: Delighted to discover this inside my free Autumn edition of Your Norfolk, the freebie from Norfolk County Council letter recently dropped into every household in the county. It is the first promotion of my talk on Joe Stirling’s life and my biography Escaping Hitler, scheduled for the Norfolk Records Office on Wednesday 22nd February from 10.30. This wonderful archive has been invaluable to me during my research periods for both this book and for my forthcoming book to be published by Pen and Sword Books, My Lady Lord Mayor: The Seventeen Female Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923 – 2017. Joe and I are looking forward to addressing an audience of historians and book lovers in this prestigious building next to County Hall. Keep an eye on the website http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk for details of how to reserve yourself a seat!
The following two events in March and June look fascinating too!