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  Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing the innovative new play, Letters to Emma by playwright Dr Carolyn Scott Jeffs at the Lichfield Garrick theatre. The play features the ‘Swan of Lichfield’, poet and biographer Anna Seward (1742-1809), an eighteenth-century author who was friends with Samuel Johnson, Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles), and James Boswell. […]

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Read a review of Maids, Wives, Widows on Jem Bloomfield’s ‘Quite Irregular’ blog here. Maids, Mothers, Widows is an engrossing and brilliant book, which combines historical scholarship with a vivid style and a knack for the poignant or disturbing detail.   Dr Bloomfield’s own book Word of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible (2016) is […]

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