Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 9 December 2013, 7:00 for 7:30pm

Alison Jolly: Telling Lewes History for Children

Book cover: Fiddle and the See-Throughs, by Alison Jolly“Lewes is old. Of course it is haunted.”  That is the opening of Alison Jolly’s series of children’s books about a little girl who can see people of historic times still walking round Lewes’ streets.

For the Lewes History Group she will talk about the challenge of inventing stories which are true to history even though they are fiction for ten-year-olds. Cromwell and the Priory, Tom Paine and the smugglers, Every’s Iron Works and the first Lewes workhouses — with scary made-up adventures for Fiddle and her friends.

Alison Jolly is a primatologist specialising in lemur biology, and a visiting scientist at the University of Sussex. She is the author of both academic and popular books on her subject, but has now moved on to non-lemur children’s fiction with her new ‘Fiddle’ series of children’s books, based on real events in Lewes history.


All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)