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The Ghost in the Garden

Thu 11 August 2022

Cambridge University Library

Join Cambridge University Library for an evening with Dr Jude Piesse to discuss Charles Darwin's forgotten garden, letters to his sisters, and working creatively within the Cambridge University Library archives. The talk will be followed by a short reading and a glass of wine, and the opportunity to view the exhibition Darwin In Conversation.

It was at The Mount in Shrewsbury, under the tutelage of his green-fingered mother and sisters, that Charles Darwin first examined the reproductive life of flowers, collected birds’ eggs, and began the experiments that would lead to his groundbreaking theory of evolution. A century and a half later, Dr Jude Piesse finds herself living next door. Blending biography, nature writing, and memoir, her latest book The Ghost in the Garden tells the story of Darwin's lost childhood garden.

Jude Piesse is an academic and writer. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Exeter. She has published widely on nineteenth-century literature and culture, and now works as a lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University.

Author photo by © Eden Media 2020

Cost: Free

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Please note that booking is required for this event.

RSVPs and queries relating to this event should be directed to events@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Email: events@lib.cam.ac.uk


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Thu 11 August 2022 5:00PM - 6:45PM


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