Rosemary Griggs banner
Events

Events


I love bringing history to life through my unique blend of theatre, history and re-enactment, which draws on my extensive research into Devon’s sixteenth century history, Tudor life and Tudor/Elizabethan dress. 

I offer a fleixble range of talks and costume demonstrations, all over the West Country and beyond. I am also available for living history/re-enactment events and to talk about my writing at book club meetings. For bookshiops I can offer  talks or can simply come along to sign copes of my book..

I’m often dressed in clothing of the time which I create myself, but am also happy to present in twenty-first century attire when appropriate.

Talks available include:

An Audience with the Lady Katherine and a peep inside her wardrobe Travel back in time with the Lady Katherine and learn about her life in Tudor Devon and the amazing clothes she wore.  Includes a full demonstration of the costume of a wealthy sixteenth century woman.

A Woman of Noble Wit Devon produced some larger-than-life sixteenth century characters and the stories of men like Drake and Raleigh are well known. But behind those famous men stood wives, sisters, daughters, and mothers who also have a story to tell. In this presentation I introduce Katherine Champernowne, the mother of both Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Humphrey Gilbert and discuss the research that underpins my historical novel of her life A Woman of Noble Wit

Bessie’s tale — the life of a typical sixteenth century serving woman Adopting the clothing and persona of a Tudor working woman I give a flavour of life for the lower and “middling” sorts. Includes a full costume demonstration and discussion of fabrics, needlework and knitting.

A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine Appearing in full period costume I bring the festivities, feasting and fun of a Tudor Christmas to life in a lively presentation interspersed with songs from the peasant David.   Travel back in time as a guest invited to join Sir Philip Champernowne’s Christmas feast at the Court House Modbury and discover the etiquette, the menu and the customs of the twelve days of a sixteenth century Christmas.

Meet the author - my writing journey into historical fiction.

Contact me to discuss your group's  particular interests 

Contact me Leave a review

Diary

Date Location Event
Feb. 22, 2024 For Teign U3A A Woman of Noble Wit
Feb. 28, 2024 For Teignmouth Gems Wi at Richard Noble Hall, Teignmouth An Audience with the Lady Katherine
March 4, 2024 For the Monday Club at the Avenue Church, Newton Abbot An Audience with the Lady Katherine
March 11, 2024 For Haytor Vale WI An Audience with the Lady Katherine
March 16, 2024 St Nicholas Priory Exeter Medieval Day at St Nicholas Priory
March 18, 2024 For Ilsham WI at St Matthias Church, Welswood, A Woman of Noble Wit
March 19, 2024 For Exeter Ladies Probus Club To be confirmed
March 20, 2024 For Wellswood Ladies Club at St Mathias Church Hall, Torquay at 1.30pm An Audience with the Lady Katherine
March 28, 2024 The Ivybridge Bookshop, Ivybridge Devon The Dartington Bride - book signing
April 5, 2024 Dartington Hall, Devon - 11 am Dartington Garden Tour
April 8, 2024 For Exmouth Historical and Archeological Society at 7.30pm An Audience with the Lady Katherine
April 10, 2024 Dartington Garden tour for Sir Joshua Reynolds WI Dartington Garden Tour
April 11, 2024 For Paignton Merry Widows Group Daughters of Devon
April 16, 2024 For Newcourt WI at Newcourt Community Centre Exeter An Audience with the Lady Katherine
April 17, 2024 For Crediton U3A at the Boniface Centre Crediton at 10am An Audience with the Lady Katherine
April 18, 2024 For Babbacombe and St Marychuch Local History society An Audience with the Lady Katherine
April 26, 2024 For English Riviera Literary Festival, Palace Theatre, Paignton at 10.30am * tickets on sale via Place Theatre website* Daughters of Devon and Introducing my new novel The Dartington Bride
May 2, 2024 Speedwell Hall, Crewkerne Bessies Tale
May 14, 2024 For Trinity:Ladies Fellowship, Mutley Plain, Plymouth An Audience with the Lady Katherine
May 17, 2024 Dartington Hall Devon at 11am Dartington Garden Tour
June 3, 2024 For Ivybridge Trefoil Group An Audience with the Lady Katherine
June 5, 2024 For North Tawton WI Bessie's Tale - TBC
June 6, 2024 For Cheddar U3A 2.30pm, Cheddar Village Hall An Audience with the Lady Katherine
June 12, 2024 Simonsbath Festival, Simonsbath Exmoor, Devon - *Tickets via the festival* Daughters of Devon
June 19, 2024 For Alphington WI at Alphington Village Hall Bessie's Tale
June 22, 2024 A seminar for Wolf Hall Weekend, Cadhay House, Devon Tudor Fashion Icons: The influence of Henry's queens on sixteenth century fashion
July 3, 2024 Colyton TBC for Colyton Grammar School
July 9, 2024 For Withycombe Raleigh WI at Glenorchy Church, Exmouth at 2pm Bessie's Tale
July 11, 2024 With Michael Martyn for Newton Abbot Association of the National Trust TBC
July 16, 2024 For Trematon WI, Saltash Bessie's Tale
July 17, 2024 For AWOL Dartington Garden Tour TBC
Sept. 3, 2024 For Harberton and Harbertonford History Society An Audience with the Lady Katherine
Sept. 6, 2024 Historical Novel Society Conference Dartington Hall Historical Novel Society Conference - 6 - * September
Sept. 26, 2024 For Altarnum Local History Society, near Launceston, Cornwall An Audience with the Lady Katherine
Oct. 9, 2024 For Newton Abbot Trefoil Guild Bessie's Tale
Oct. 15, 2024 For Salcombe WI Bessie's Tale
Oct. 21, 2024 For Tipton St John Ladies Group An Audience with the Lady Katherine
Oct. 23, 2024 For Livermead and Preston U3A at Preston Conservative Club, Paignton An audience with the Lady Katherine
Nov. 6, 2024 For South Hill WI, South Hill, Cornwall A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine
Nov. 7, 2024 Devon Rural Archive Daughters of Devon
Nov. 15, 2024 Speedwell Hall, Crewkerne - *Tickets will be available via the Speedwell Hall* A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine
Nov. 19, 2024 For Yeovil u3A A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine
Nov. 20, 2024 Mortonhampsetad History Society at 7.30pm A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine
Dec. 11, 2024 For Uffculme WI at 7pm A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine
Jan. 30, 2025 For Friends of Newton Abbot Museum at Newton's Place, Newton Abbot Daughters of Devon
March 4, 2025 For the "R" club, The Mint Church, Exeter tbc
July 21, 2025 For Dawlish U3A at The Manor House, Dawlish An Audience with the Lady Katherine
Nov. 11, 2025 For Lutra Vallis Ladies Probus Group at the Blue Ball Inn, Sidford A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine
Nov. 19, 2025 For Honiton U3A at then Beehive Centre, Honiton A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine
Nov. 25, 2025 For Ashburton U3A, Town Hall, Ashburton A Tudor Christmas with the Lady Katherine

A Wonderful afternoon at South Milton Thursday Club March 10, 2023, 11:34 a.m.by South Milton Thursday Club

Feb. 23, 2024, 9:41 a.m. by March 10, 2023, 11:34 a.m.by South Milton Thursday Club

It's good to find a speaker who can hold the attention of both the men and the women in the audience so well.

a Wonderful afternoon at South Milton Thursday Club
March 10, 2023, 11:34 a.m.by South Milton Thursday Club
Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful afternoon yesterday.

I have been getting messages from lots of people, saying how much they enjoyed your presentation, how informative it was and what fun it all was. Appearing in full period costume which you make yourself, you brought your book on the life of Lady Katherine Champernowne 'A Woman of Noble Wit' to life through a fascinating and fun presentation. I think we all learnt something, and we certainly had a good laugh!!

We …



Your research, attention to detail, and your performance as Lady Katherine are outstanding -

An Audience with the Lady Katherine - talk for Kenton WI
Dec. 4, 2021, 10:52 a.m.A review for 'A Woman of Noble Wit', by Kenton WI

Your research, attention to detail, and your performance as Lady Katherine are outstanding -

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation last night - it was absolutely fascinating.
Several of our members sew and embroider (me included) so the details of fabrics, stitches, social etiquette in dress etc were most interesting.

Your research, attention to detail, and your performance as Lady Katherine are outstanding -
I can't wait to read your book!


Talk for Tremanton WI - An Audience with the Lady Katheirne - 16th November 2021

Feb. 23, 2024, 9:37 a.m. by Original review from Tremanton WI member

Everyone very much enjoyed your enthusiasm and the unique way you share your knowledge.

Talk for Tremanton WI - An Audience with the Lady Katheirne - 16th November 2021
Nov. 18, 2021, 2:52 p.m.A review for 'A Woman of Noble Wit', by Tremanton WI member
Brilliant is the only word to describe you

Dear Rosemary
Thank you again for your delightful talk to our WI on Tuesday evening. Everyone very much enjoyed your enthusiasm and the unique way you share your knowledge. Brilliant is the only word to describe you. Thank you again.

I have also started reading your lovely book and I was immediately transported back into the meadow on the estate,............

Original review from Tremanton …



... much appreciated by members

Nov. 8, 2021, 10:52 a.m.by The Exeter Forum
Thank you very much for your excellent presentation to the Exeter Forum today. It was very impressive how you switched from Catherine to “the impersonator” and how much information about her and the history you covered. The talk was very much appreciated by members.

https://www.exeterforum.org/