Robertsbridge Arts Partnership

Alan Judd presentation: ‘The Romney Marsh Gang – Sussex writers a century on.’

Sunday 16 May, 7:30

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‘Just over a century ago, East Sussex and nearby bits of Kent boasted or – perhaps more accurately – hosted a number of well-known writers.   They included Kipling, Henry James, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford and others, plus regular visitors such as Edith Wharton and Violet Hunt.  They mostly knew each other, they competed and collaborated and gossiped.  They also wrote about each other, not always kindly, including one who recorded her failed attempt to seduce Henry James in Lamb House.  What brought them here, what did they think of it and what happened to them?  Local author Alan Judd offers a quick canter over the ground.’

Alan Judd is the author of 15 novels and two biographies. He previously served as a soldier in the British army and as a diplomat in the Foreign Office. Judd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won numerous awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Award, with three of his novels having been filmed.

Alan’s latest: A Fine Madness, a novel about Christopher Marlowe published last month by Simon & Schuster, chosen as The Sunday Times historical fiction Book of the Month, also one of The Guardian Books of the Month.