About Bluestocking Teas: George Canning is My Son
George Canning Is My Son
Bluestocking Teas gather people together over afternoon tea to discuss a topic of conversation led by inspiring speakers. It's a chance to spend a couple of hours learning and engaging, while enjoying a full and sumptuous traditional afternoon tea.
On Sunday 13th October, Dr Julian Crowe will give a talk based on his forthcoming book about Mary Ann Hunn, an 18th century actress, novelist, entrepreneur and mother of the politician George Canning. You can read more about the book and purchase an advance copy here
Mary Ann’s own story is available in her own words, through a 65,000 word letter written to her son, which Dr. Crowe discovered 25 years ago.
It’s a story of hardship, humiliation and resilience, of a mother and son forced to follow widely different paths over half a century, never entirely reconciled, and yet never losing their natural affection for each other.
George Canning always supported his mother Mary Ann Hunn, but kept her at a distance. Her scandalous past, he said, made her unfit to meet his wife and family. Although initially Mary Ann seemed simply a victim of the men in her life and an unjust society, in fact she emerges as a strong, intelligent, loving, resilient woman determined to negotiate life’s obstacles on her own terms.
Excitingly, accompanying Dr. Crowe's talk will be live readings from Mary Ann’s Long Letter to her son, telling her story in her own words.
Dr Julian Crowe is 72 years old, married with three children and five grandchildren. Though brought up in London he has mostly lived in Scotland. While working for the Computing Service in the University of St Andrews, he was awarded a PhD for a thesis on Charles Dickens, and gave public lectures on topics arising from that research. He has been writing all his life, but this will be his first published book. Having stumbled across Mary Ann's story 25 years ago, he is determined to rescue her extraordinary life from the footnotes of history and bring it into the light of day.
Terms & conditions for Bluestocking Teas: George Canning is My Son
The event begins at 2pm and will finish by 5pm.
A full afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes will be served during the afternoon. Both vegan and non-vegan options will be available although sadly we are unable to cater for other dietary requirements.
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