Patrice Lawrence, award winning author, will tell the story:-
֍Eighteen stolen cheesecakes. ֍ Sixty-three high explosive bombs.
֍ Professor Logrenia’s wonderful performing Russian cat.
– Hoxton has seen it all, and from 1863 its main witness has been Hoxton Hall.
I lived in Hoxton for ten years and was never quite sure what to make of the modest building somewhere between Peacocks cheap clothes store and the pie and mash shop. I had absolutely no idea of the treasures that lay within. In 2013, I was commissioned to research and write a short history of Hoxton Hall and this gave me the chance to find out.
Hackney’s layers of social history and the traces they leave on the landscape make it a place rich with stories. So from the biscuit-making temperance enthusiast William Palmer to the mixed heritage pioneering journalist, Olive Lavery, come and hear those stories and find out why James Mortimer’s place of ‘half-literary half-musical entertainment’ still beats at the heart of the local community.
December 7th 6.30pm
Hackney Archives & CLR James Library
All welcome, free talk
Patrice’s latest book Orangeboy – a novel for young adults, was published by Hodder on 2nd June 2016. Her other books include Granny Ting Ting; & Wild Papa Woods.
Her Blog: The Lawrence Line, about writing, selling writing and the family stories that inspire writing http://patricelawrence.wordpress.com/