31st March 2016: Children and Socialism series, Marx Memorial Library, London

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March 8, 2016 by Lydia Syson

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New Ways to Tell Old Stories: putting the political into historical fiction for today’s young readers

Lydia Syson and Meirian Jump in conversation at the home of the International Brigade archives.

Lydia, a former BBC World Service radio producer, is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels for young adults. A World Between Us (2012) tells the story of three British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. Sparked by research into the anthem of the International Brigades, Liberty’s Fire (2015) brings the 1871 Paris Commune dramatically to life for a new generation. That Burning Summer (2013) is set during the Battle of Britain in small rural community where spyfever is infectious and pacifism a dirty word. Lydia and Meirian will discuss hidden histories, unexpected heroes, archives and sources, and the ethics of turning real lives into fiction.  All welcome.  No need to book. £3 on the door.

March 31st, 2016 7:00 PM 
Marx Memorial Library
37A Clerkenwell Green
London
EC1R 0DU
United Kingdom
Phone: 020 725 31485

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