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Talk: For the Love of Silk

September 30, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Liz Trenow will talk about how she came to write her new novel The Silk Weaver inspired by the life of Anna Maria Garthwaite, one of the most important textile designers of the 18th century. Garthwaite lived in Spitalfields, working with Huguenot silk weavers to create exquisite, luxury patterned fabrics, but despite her importance, very little is known about her.

Spitalfields is also the place where Liz’s ancestors had started a silk weaving company 300 years ago.

Liz writes ‘It was thrilling to realise that my ancestors would have known, and very probably worked with this remarkable woman’ and describes how the mysteries of Anna Maria Garthwaite’s life inspired her novel ‘The Silk Weaver’.

Liz Trenow is a best-selling novelist whose family’s unique silk weaving history has inspired several of her titles. Stephen Walters & Sons of Sudbury is the oldest silk weaving company in Britain, which has been continuously family-owned since its beginnings among the Huguenots of Spitalfields.

The Silk Weaver is on sale in our shop and Liz will be happy to sign copies on the day.

This talk will also launch our new historical novel book club, and The Silk Weaver, will be our first book. We will meet for our first friendly and informal session on Thursday 19 October 2pm. The first session will be free, with refreshments included – no need to book, just turn up! Please get in touch if you would like more information 01634 789347 or director@huguenomuseum.org

£10.00 includes Museum admission

Find out more about The Silk Weaver and Liz Trenow on her website.


September 30, 2017
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Huguenot Museum
95 High Street
Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX United Kingdom