In Conversation with Cheryl Butler

Cheryl Butler, Southampton novelist, literary writer, academic, playwright and historian in conversation with James Gough, Director of Culture Southampton. They will be discussing Cheryl’s new book on Jane Austen, her novel The Theatre of the World, her new Jane Austen & Southampton Spa and other works, including plays and theatre productions.

Jane Austen & Southampton Spa will recreate what life was like in Georgian Southampton. The book looks at Jane’s time in Southampton, but also looks more deeply into the circles and society in which she was active, linking the themes of her novels to what was happening in Southampton itself, including the new craze for sea bathing.

The Theatre of the World follows Richard Mudford, a minor town official, in Southampton between 1586-1603. Each chapter follows a year both in Richard Mudford’s life and in the life of the town , as recorded in the surviving records.

The majority of the characters are based on real people who lived in the town, the merchants, privateers and ordinary people who lived and worked in Southampton.

Dr Cheryl Butler has degrees in History and Drama and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Honorary Fellow of the University of Winchester. She is a board Member of the Hampshire Archives Trust, and a member of the editorial boards of the Southampton Records Series and Hampshire Papers. Winner of the British Association of Local History Personal Achievement Award 2014. Leads a palaeography training group.

She trained in theatre at the Sander Theatre School, with qualifications from London Guildhall and is an Associate of the New Era Academy. She is Writer-Director with the Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre Company.

A Member of the Institute of Tourist Guides, a Blue Badge Guide and trainer, Founder member and Honorary Life Member of the Southampton Tourist Guides Association and Hon Patron of the Hamble Valley Tourist Guides and is Chair of the Diaper Heritage Association.

Organiser of many high profile heritage projects including the history of Itchen Ferry Village; Tudor Revels: the history of Tudor Southampton; The Southampton Jane Austen Festival for Jane 200; Agincourt 600; Los Ninos, the story of the Basque Children Evacuation.

James Gough is the Director of Southampton Cultural Development Trust.

He was previously the Deputy CEO of Nuffield Theatres Southampton, and was responsible for the relaunch of NST, with the introduction of a second theatre space.

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