2024 Festival Event

Emily Howes
photo by Katrina Campbell

Emily Howes – ‘The Painter’s Daughters’

Debut novelist Emily Howes meets the acclaimed curator and biographer James Hamilton to talk about the eighteenth-century artist Thomas Gainsborough and the writing of her book, The Painter’s Daughters. It’s a reimagining of the lives of Gainsborough’s two daughters, Peggy and Molly, and the complicated relationship between them. Winner of the Mslexia Novel Competition and chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club, the novel explores the story of the sisters – famously immortalised in their father’s paintings – and their struggles with society, control, individuality and insanity.

Emily Howes - The Painter's Daughters

James Hamilton is a highly regarded curator and art historian. He is the author of Gainsborough – A Portrait.

James Hamilton - Gainsborough A Portrait
James Hamilton
photo by Eamonn McCabe

This is the Debut Author Event

Tickets cost £18 or £12. There is a 25% saving on all festival books pre-ordered with event tickets.

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2024 Festival Schedule

4pm

4.30pm

6pm

8pm

12n

2pm

4pm

6pm

8pm

10am

12n

2pm

4pm

6pm

8pm

A printed version of this schedule can be found on the back of the programme booklet available at the Barnes Bookshop, 98 Church Road.