‘A fascinating tale’ at Worthing Library

Come along to a free lunchtime talk at Worthing Library .


Writer and performer Rose Collis is to give a talk at Worthing Library about her book Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment.

The free lunchtime talk, on 28 February from 12.10pm -12.50pm, will take place at the Library in Richmond Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HD.

Rose will talk about the research and creative processes involved in producing the book, shedding light on the extraordinary, complex story of someone who veered from tragedy to farce to fame to obscurity, but who always strove to remain ‘a perfect gentleman’. She will also explain about the play she is writing based on the book.
She said: ‘The story of Colonel Victor Barker, aka Valerie Arkell-Smith, is one of identity: gender identity, hidden identities, class identities and the conflict between private and public identities.”

At the end of the talk there will be a Question and Answer session, and copies of the book will be on sale.

Virago published Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment in 2001, and it was greeted with critical acclaim, including from the Times Literary Supplement which stated: ‘A fascinating tale…Collis has researched this book thoroughly, and she writes with a lively sense of humour.’     
Rose, who also describes herself as ‘an alternative historian’, has lived and worked in Sussex since 1997.

In 2015, she was appointed the first Writer-in-Residence by the National Trust and Literature Works for the Writing Places programme.

Her latest Arts Council England-funded solo play, Wanting The Moon, was successfully previewed in January 2016 at Arundel Jailhouse, and as part of the first Hove Grown new writing festival. It made its successful London debut with a run at Bread and Roses Theatre in September 2016. Plans are now underway for it to tour in the UK and internationally.

For a full list of West Sussex Library events visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/whats-on-in-libraries/

For further information regarding the Worthing Library event please contact Rebecca Robertson, Community Librarian: rebecca.robertson@westsussex.gov.uk

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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