Had a fascinating visit to Malvern yesterday where I spoke about Imperial Exile to a large audience from the Malvern Civic Society. There was much interest in Emperor Haile Selassie’s trip to Malvern in April 1938 to visit two of his granddaughters who were studying at Clarendon School in the town. I also discovered this rare photo in the local library taken by the Malvern Gazette during the Emperor’s visit. With him are his daughter Princess Tenagnework and her two daughters, Hirut and Seble.
One of the joys of writing Imperial Exile has been meeting some of those who were actual eyewitnesses of the Emperor’s exile in Bath in the 1930s. This morning I went to see Bridget Wakefield, one of the daughters of Dr Matthews who used to be Empress Menen’s doctor during her stay at Fairfield House. At her wonderful cottage in Charlcombe overlooking Bath, Bridget showed me some of her father’s letters in which he talked about his contacts with the Empress and her family. Bridget herself can remember playing at Fairfield with some of the Emperor’s children and grandchildren. All fascinating stuff!
Fantastic book launch event at Tsion Cafe in Harlem last night. Great buzz, great food and great location. Thanks to all who came and all who made it possible.
A special thank you to my American friend Josh Bernstein who helped facilitate my book tour in the States. Here is one of his photos from my lecture at the Library of Congress.
On 22 September I was honoured to give a lecture in the African & Middle Eastern Reading Room of the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
Just fixed up an event in New York as part of my book launch tour in the US. It will take place at the lively Tsion Cafe in Harlem at 6.30pm on Tuesday 27 September 2016. Tsion Cafe, 763 St Nicholas Avenue, NEW YORK NY 10031 Tel: 212 2342070