Bob Fowke tells a tale of pagodas and diamonds, of wars, of elephants, of storms at sea, of highwaymen, of lost children, of pet leopards, of orphans, of quarrels among friends, of reconciliation, of vast wealth, of kindness, of correspondence over huge distances.

Seventeen-year-old Margaret Masquelyne sailed to Madras in 1752 and married Robert Clive the next year. She was clever and funny, fascinated by music and astronomy and many of her friends and female relations were equally gifted.

The story of British women in India in that early era has been badly neglected. Bob Fowke’s talk attempts the right the wrong.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.