UK & US Events
Full details of talks, lectures and festivals in the UK and in the USA in 2023 coming soon.
Save The ChildrenTuesday 1st November 2022
Award winning biographer, Flora Fraser, tells the remarkable story of Flora Macdonald, best known for helping Charles Stuart evade government troops after the battle of Culloden 1746.
Doors Open: 6:30pm
Wigtown Book FestivalSunday 2nd October 2022
Acclaimed Biographer Flora Fraser tells the true story of the ultimate Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald, the 24-year-old who smuggled Bonnie Prince Charlies over the sea to Skye under the noses of government troops in 1746. But what happened to Flora in the years that followed? It is a tale that takes in marriage and emigration to America, where Flora finds herself caught up in the American Revolutionary War. A chance to discover a new side to a familiar historical figure.
Dumfries & Galloway
Times Radio9pm Friday 30th September 2022
Interview with Michael Portillo on Times Radio
Book SigningsSeptember 2022
Flora Fraser will be appearing at Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh on September 13th, at other bookshops in Edinburgh and elsewhere in Scotland throughout September, and at the Petra Palumbo flagship store on September 15th 2022.
West Highland Museum TalkFriday 16th September 2022
“Pretty Young Rebel” – A talk by Flora Fraser
Award-winning biographer, Flora Fraser, has been a professional writer and historical biographer since graduating Oxford University. She grew up between London and Beauly, Invernessshire, and was named after Flora Macdonald. She researched her new book, Pretty Young Rebel in the Macdonald of Sleat and other family papers, in the National Library of Scotland archives, in the Royal Archives, Windsor, and in a range of North American archives. Her previous book The Washingtons: George & Martha: ‘Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love also won the 2016 George Washington Book Prize.
Here is a quick peek into her newest book ‘Pretty Young Rebel’, which will be for sale and signing on the night:
The year is 1746. The Jacobite rebellion has failed catastrophically and Scotland is reeling in the devastating aftermath of the battle of Culloden. Far to the west, on an island in the Outer Hebrides, 24-year-old Flora Macdonald is woken in the dead of night by a messenger with urgent intelligence.
Bonnie Prince Charlie is outside, begging for her help.
With Flora’s assistance, the Stuart prince is disguised as an Irish maid and smuggled to the Isle of Skye, evading government troops. Flora’s bravery and determination soon see her immortalised in ballads and proclaimed a Scottish heroine, but also result in her capture and detention in London. Released the following year and returning to Skye, Flora goes on to marry and emigrate to North Carolina, only then to be caught up in the American Revolutionary War.
West Highland Museum
Publication Day at Petra PalumboThursday 15th September 2022
Flora will be signing books at the flagship Petra Palumbo.
Petra Palumbo Flagship
Golden Hare BooksTuesday 13th September at 6.30pm
Flora Fraser will be appearing at Golden Hare Books to discuss her new book, Pretty Young Rebel, with Alan Taylor.
Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
West Highland Museum’s Centenary ExhibitionThursday 18th August - Saturday 29th October 2022
This iconic exhibition will feature paintings never before displayed together in Scotland and some which have never before been exhibited. The recently rediscovered portrait of a 16-year-old Bonnie Prince Charlie, by renowned Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera, will be showcased at this event.
The exhibition will include paintings of four generations of the Royal House of Stuart, including James VIII (the Old Pretender) and his wife Princess Clementina Sobieska, through to Prince Charles Edward Stuart, (Bonnie Prince Charlie), and his daughter, Charlotte the Duchess of Albany. The series concludes with Charlotte’s daughter Princess Marie Victorie de Rohan. These paintings illustrate the deposed Royal Stuart dynasty, the family who inspired the Jacobite clans to risk so much in their attempts to restore them to the throne of Scotland during the Jacobite risings. This will be the last opportunity to see these paintings before most are moved to a new permanent home, the Museum of the Princes Lubomirski, in the Polish city of Wrocław.
West Highland Museum
BBC Sounds Princess Podcast4th July 2022
Anita Anand in conversation with comedian Rachel Fairburn and historian and biographer Flora Fraser, on Caroline of Brunswick. The princess roped into a bigamous marriage with Prince George, a relationship that quickly dissolved into a very public feud. Scandal and affairs from all parties ensue, and Caroline is left hammering on the door of Westminster Abbey as her husband is crowned King.