Dickens’ descendant for Downton Abbey-inspired event

Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens.

Charles Dickens’ great, great, great-granddaughter Lucinda Hawksley is appearing at the Harrogate History Festival.

Lucinda, who was born in Yorkshire, features at the Salon North event during the inaugural Festival dedicated to historic writing.

Lucinda said: “I’m so delighted to be part of the first ever Harrogate History Festival and returning to Yorkshire.”

Author and art historian Lucinda Hawksley will be delivering a talk around her book March, Women, March about the women’s movement in Britain from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Her appearance is part of a Downton Abbey themed event, alongside Jessica Fellowes, niece of Julian, the writer behind the TV phenomenon.

The exclusive Downton Salon North night ties in with the inaugural Harrogate History Festival, which features other big-name authors including Fay Weldon, Kate Mosse and Rose Tremain.

The inaugural history festival is being delivered by Harrogate International Festivals, the arts organisation behind the famed Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

Salon North: The World of Downton Abbey, Saturday, October 26, The Old Swan Hotel, 8.30pm.

Tickets are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available from the box office on 01423 562303 or online at www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/history.