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Children playing at A Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth. © DRM Images

Dickens and the story of Christmas

by Katie Rowe

December 18 2013 in Expert insights

When writing my biography of Dickens’ artist daughter Katey, and when writing my current book on Charles Dickens, I realised that Christmas had always been special in the Dickens family. Mr Fezziwig’s Ball in A Christmas Carolharks back to Georgian England…

Mad about the Bard: An interview with
Gregory Doran

by Katie Rowe

November 13 2013 in Expert insights

There’s one that tops them all which is of course Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s birthplace. It’s a very special place to me, partly because it’s where I first saw Shakespeare. I have an entry in my school-boy diary of 1973 about going to…

Expert insights: Westonbirt Arboretum

by Katie Rowe

July 31 2013 in Expert insights

It began as a rich person’s pleasure ground. There was a chap called Robert Holford and he started planting in the 1860s on the wider Westonbirt Arboretum Estate. Robert Holford loved trees and he loved landscapes so he combined those two passions and created…


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