17 Aug - 17 Aug 2019
11:00 - 14:00
Meet award-winning author Patrice Lawrence and get a signed copy of her new book, Diver’s Daughter – A Tudor Story! This story is a gripping adventure inspired by the story of the Mary Rose and is part of the VOICES series, which aims to highlight authentic, unsung stories of our past.
This event is free with a valid Mary Rose ticket and the event timings are as follows:
Reading by Patrice 11am-12pm in the Education Suite
Book signing 1pm-2pm in the Mary Rose Shop
Diver’s Daughter – A Tudor Story explores the life of a young East African girl, Eve, living with her mother in the Southwark slums of Elizabethan London. When they hear from a Mary Rose survivor, George Symon, that one of the African free-divers who was sent to salvage its treasures is alive and well and living in Southampton, mother and daughter agree to try and find him and attempt to dive the wreck of another shop, rumoured to be rich with treasures. But will the pair survive when George arrives to claim his ‘share’? Will Eve overcome her fear of the water to help rescue her mother?
In this thrilling adventure based on real events, Patrice Lawrence shows us a fascinating and rarely seen world that is sure to hook young readers.
A note from the author -“I was 31 before I found out about Mary Seacole, a few years older when I discovered that Caribbean soldiers had signed up to fight in WW1 and been stationed in Seaford, just a few miles down the road from where I was born. The UK's history is shaped by people with roots across the world and I am proud to be one of the writers bringing these forgotten stories into the light.”