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Kenneth Womack at International Beatleweek 2018

We’re delighted to announce that our wonderful author, Kenneth Womack, will be delivering a talk at this year’s International Beatleweek. Join us for the Annual Beatles Convention at Liverpool’s Cavern Club this August and pick up a copy of Sound Pictures, part two in the biography of Sir George Martin.

Where? The Derby Suite, Adelphi Hotel

When? 2pm

International Beatleweek

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Averil Opperman at Florence Nightingale Museum – 2pm

Two Great Women – a talk by author Averil Douglas Opperman

It is astonishing that the lives of two such remarkable women – Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth Fry – should have crossed. They came from similar backgrounds and, driven by something powerful within, fought the social restraints of the day to forge their places in history.

The plight of the poor, the homeless and the sick stirred both women when very young and prepared them for the work that lay ahead. Turning their backs on society, on music and dancing, they entered worlds considered way beneath their social class.

Hear how the older Elizabeth Fry, gentle Quaker prison reformer, influenced the independent, feisty younger woman and how both could teach 21st century women a thing or two today.

When? 15 September at 2pm

Where? Florence Nightingale Museum

No booking required

Free with admission

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Kenneth Womack and Spencer Leigh discuss Maximum Volume – the life of Beatles producer George Martin

Kenneth Womack: Maximum Volume

Join us at Waterstones Liverpool on Tues 21st Nov at 6:30pm as music historian Kenneth Womack discusses the first volume of his book Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the Early Years 1926-1966.

This is the story of the legendary Beatles producer. The first of two volumes, MAXIMUM VOLUME traces Martin’s early life, from an impoverished childhood, through WWII, to becoming head of EMI’s Parlophone Records. There, he made waves in British comedy and saved Parlophone from ruin with records from the likes of Spike Milligan. Then one day he discovered a scruffy beat band from Liverpool… As this dramatic story unfolds, the book transports you into the studio with Martin and the Beatles, exploring how his musical genius shaped their incredible body of work and helped craft hit after hit. In the process, Martin would define the modern concept of a record producer.

Kenneth will be in conversation with Radio Merseyside dj and Beatles aficionado Spencer Leigh.

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Book Signing with Kenneth Womack at The Beatles Story

British Music Experience

We’re delighted to announce that Kenneth Womack, world-renowned Beatles expert and author of Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, will kick off his UK book tour at The Beatles Story, Liverpool on Sat 18 Nov. Some and say hello and get your hands on a signed copy of Maximum Volume! He’ll be there from 12pm to 3pm. See you there!

More details on The Beatles Story website.

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National Arboretum – Celebrating the work of Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry

About the Event

Join us at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 25 May to dedicate a tree in celebration of the life of pioneering social reformer Elizabeth Fry. To mark the end of her tenure on the £5 note this month, we will be dedicating a tree to ensure she will be remembered and recognised by generations to come for her brave and determined contribution towards social reform.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 2pm near the Quaker Memorial.

Find out more about the National Memorial Arboretum at

National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire  DE13 7AR

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About Elizabeth Fry

Elizabeth Fry was one of the nineteenth century’s most extraordinary women. Born the daughter of a Quaker banker, she was eighteen when she commandeered a laundry room to begin her own school.  At twenty, she wed Joseph Fry and, over their marriage, bore him eleven children.

But a charitable visit to Newgate Prison would change the course of her life, and of history, forever. Unable to ignore the plight of the female convicts before her, she determined to do everything in her power to right the injustices of the age…

By her death, Elizabeth was famous amongst royalty, parliament and women on the street alike; respected by Queen Victoria; supporter to William Wilberforce; and influence on Florence Nightingale.

Image copyright National Memorial Arboretum.