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Charles Kingsley 200 Festival, 14-15 June 2019, Eversley, Hampshire Event

14 - 15 June 2019
Village of Eversley, Hampshire

Event details

This year marks the bicentenary of Charles Kingsley, best-known for the evolutionary fantasy "The Water-Babies" (1863), as well as swashbuckling historical novels such as "Westward Ho!" (1855). To celebrate Kingsley's parish of Eversley in north Hampshire are hosting a two-day festival of musical and dramatic performance, debate, exploration and more, with something for all ages: from Frank Field MP on the legacy of Kingsley's Christian Socialism to rides in a Tiger Moth. There will be a pop-up exhibition by the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on child labour in nineteenth-century Hampshire as well as a variety of stalls, including a festival bookshop by October Books.

SCNCR's Dr Jonathan Conlin acted as advisor to the Festival organizers, who have founded a registered charity, the Charles Kingsley Society, to champion his legacy. Jonathan programmed the Festival's "Tent Talks", which will explore Kingsley's legacy for contemporary debates on capitalism, race, sexuality, science and faith. Another member of the Centre, Dr Justine Pizzo, has convened a one-day symposium timed to coincide with the Festival. This will explore the work of Kingsley's daughter, the best-selling novelist Lucas Malet (Mary St. Leger Kingsley).

In the runup to the festival both Jonathan and Justine have collaborated with Odiham University of the Third Age (U3A), organizing study days and reading groups intended to engage local audiences in Charles and Mary Kingsley's work.

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