This is the state of my shoes after doing nineteen Notorious Women walking tours around Brighton and Kemptown throughout May. To say nothing of my cagoule and a variety of umbrellas lost, blown inside out and left on the number 7 bus. But despite this, I had a great time. If you came, a big thank you for buying a ticket, joining in, telling me about other historic women I didn’t know about, and generally making them fun occasions. I was really pleased to get not one two great reviews from The Argus this year. Here: http://www.theargus.co.uk/leisure/critic/12929429.Brighton_Fringe__Notorious_Women_Of_Brighton__starts_St_Nicholas_Church__Dyke_Road__until_Sunday__May_31__call_01273_917272/ http://www.theargus.co.uk/leisure/critic/12929429.Brighton_Fringe__Notorious_Women_Of_Brighton__starts_St_Nicholas_Church__Dyke_Road__until_Sunday__May_31__call_01273_917272/ And here: http://www.theargus.co.uk/leisure/critic/12931104.Brighton_Fringe__Notorious_Women_of_Kemptown__from_St_George___s_Church__Kemptown__until_Saturday__May_23__call_01273_917272
To sum up ‘I was really pleased when they Peskett’s excellently researched tour focuses on telling great stories’, ‘This fascinating tour is a wonderful way to explore the area, discovering architectural features, blue plaques, narrow twittens and quiet mews streets for the first time.’ And, best of all, ‘Guide Louise Peskett is usually fond of her subjects, but commented: “I tried to find something interesting to tell you about this princess, but she was actually quite dutiful and boring. So let’s talk about corsets!” .
With this in mind, I’m going to do them all over again (in new shoes). So if you didn’t catch the walks first time around, went to one but didn’t manage the other, or don’t know what I’m talking about, you can join me during July and August for a hopefully sunnier walk through the town, hearing some great stories and taking in some of Brighton’s more female-centric history. Just like we’re doing down here (with thanks to Barbara Graeff for photo);
So here are the dates…
Notorious Women of Brighton. Wilful princesses, Music Hall stars, headstrong courtesans, entrepreneurs, Brighton has always attracted women who dare do things differently. Hear some of their stories and other female claims to fame. Starts outside St Nicholas Church, Dyke Road, Brighton. Tuesday evenings 14th, 21st, 28th, July and 11th, 18th and 25th August at 6.30 pm. I will also be doing two Sunday mornings – 26th July and 16th August. 10.30 am start. Tours last for about one hour and 20 minutes.
Notorious Women of Kemptown. From Ladies to ladies, scientists to sportswomen, Kemptown has inspired some incredible women. Hear how worlds as diverse as policing, fashion, education, shopping and the arts were shaken by local women on this gentle walk. Starts outside St Georges Church, St Georges Road, Kemptown, Brighton on two Saturday mornings – 25th July and 15th August. 10.30 am start. Also Tuesday evening 4th August at 6.30pm.
Tickets for both walks cost £7.50 / £6.50 concessions. I’m not selling advance tickets so please turn up early to secure your place or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org so I know to expect you and save you a place.
I’ll look forward to seeing you there!
In the meantime, thanks to my friend, Ali Ghanimi, here’s proof that the gold sphere on Brighton’s clocktower does move up and down. You weren’t dreaming that.