UK & US Events

Full details of talks, lectures and festivals in the UK and in the USA in 2023.

Upcoming Events

  • The Nantucket Atheneum

    Friday, 12 July 2024

    Flora will be speaking about her biography of Flora MacDonald at an event co-hosted by the NA and the National Trust for Scotland USA on the evening of 12 July.

    1 India St
    MA 02554

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  • Nairn Book and Arts Festival

    10.30am, Thursday 5th September 2024

    Flora will speak about Flora Macdonald at the Nairn Festival on Thursday 5 September at 10.30am in a panel discussing Jacobite non fiction and fiction.

    Metropolitan House,
    33 High St,
    Inverness IV1 1HT
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  • St Duthac Book & Arts Festival

    10.30am, Tuesday 10th September 2024

    Flora will be appearing in conversation with author Philip Paris at the St Duthac Book & Arts Festival.

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  • Past Events

  • Fact and Fiction, Telling the Jacobite Story

    2 - 3:30pm, Saturday 13th April 2024

    Join renowned authors Flora Fraser and S. G. Maclean for an afternoon tea and discussion as they delve into the trials and triumphs of portraying the Jacobite period.

    Flora Fraser, author of ‘Pretty Young Rebel; the life of Flora Macdonald’ will share insights into the intricacies of writing biography while S.G Maclean, author of ‘The Bookseller of Inverness’ will explore the art of crafting compelling fiction from historic context.

    These renowned authors will be discussing the difference between the Jacobites in Fact and Fiction and how they tell their stories.

    Tea and coffee will be provided but please let us know if there are any dietary requirements in advance.

    Please note this is a busy day for the battlefield, parking may be busy so please be patient and allow time for issues.

    Culloden Battlefield
    Culloden Moor
    IV2 5EU
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  • Blackwell’s Edinburgh South Bridge

    7 - 8pm, Thursday 9th May 2024

    Flora will be discussing the enthralling life of daring adventure, struggle and survival of the remarkable Flora MacDonald, who displayed extraordinary courage in the face of great danger. Join Flora as she talks about her bestselling new book Pretty Young Rebel.

    Blackwell's Bookshop
    53-62 South Bridge
    Edinburgh EH1 1YS
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    12.30pm, Friday 10 May 2024

    Flora will address the Royal Celtic Society at this event to be held at The Scottish Arts Club.

    The Scottish Arts Club
    24 Rutland Sq
    EH1 2BW

  • Portobello Bookshop

    11am, 25th August 2023

    Flora will be at Portobello Books at 11am for a book signing.

    The Portobello Bookshop
    46 Portobello High Street,
    Edinburgh, EH15 1DA
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  • Beyond Borders

    10.30am, 26th August 2023

    Flora will be appearing at Beyond Borders at 10.30am.

    See Border Telegraph article here.

    Traquair House
    Scottish Borders
    EH44 6PW
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  • Edinburgh Book Festival

    1.30 - 2.30pm, 25th August 2023

    Join Fraser as she discusses her namesake in a story of adventure, courage, and survival with Jenny Brown.

    Baillie Gifford Sculpture Court
    121 George Street
    Edinburgh EH2 4YN
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  • Inverness Museum

    11am, Saturday 16th September 2023

    A tale of adventure and daring, wit and charm, struggle and survival, Flora Fraser is well versed in Jacobite history and will be giving an illustrated talk followed by a short Q&A session.

    Tickets available.

    Click here for Inverness Museum Facebook Event.

    Inverness Museum and Art Gallery,
    Castle Wynd,
    Highland, IV2 3EB
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  • St Duthac Book & Arts Festival

    12 noon, Sunday 17th September 2023

    Flora will be appearing at midday at the St Duthac Book and Arts Festival.

    Pop-Up Bookshop
    The Clan Ross Room
    Royal Hotel,
    Tain, IV19 1AB
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  • Culloden

    5.30pm, Sunday 17th September 2023

    In conversation with Flora Fraser as she discusses her biography of Flora Macdonald; exploring the myths and realities of the Jacobite Heroine.

    Tickets available at EventBrite.

    Culloden Battlefield
    Culloden Moor
    Inverness IV2 5EU
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  • Toppings St Andrews

    8pm, 19th September 2023

    A talk with Flora Fraser.

    More event information available at Visit Scotland.

    Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath
    York Street
    BA1 1NG
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  • Far From the Madding Crowd (Linlithgow)

    7pm, 20th September 2023

    A talk with Flora Fraser.

    Far From the Madding Crowd
    20 High St,
    Linlithgow EH49 7AE
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  • The Book Nook

    7pm, 22nd September 2023

    A talk with Flora Fraser.

    Tickets available online.

    The Book Nook
    24 Upper Craigs,
    Stirling FK8 2DG
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  • Braemar Literary Festival

    1pm, 30th September 2023

    Flora will be appearing at the Braemar Festival at 1pm.

    Tickets available online.

    Read The Scotsman article online

    2023 Braemar Festival programme

    AB35 5RF
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  • Southern Historical Association annual conference

    9th to 12th November 2023

    Flora will be appearing on a panel considering ‘War and Society in Revolutionary North Carolina’ at the 2023 Southern Historical Association’s annual conference.

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  • Buckingham Literary Festival

    2 - 3pm, 17th June 2023

    Flora will be in conversation with historian Violet Moller and is, of course, the perfect person to write about Flora Macdonald.

    University of Buckingham
    Vinson Building
    Hunter Street
    Buckingham, MK18 1EG
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  • Zoom interview with the Glencoe Folk Museum

    7pm, Wednesday 7th June 2023

    Flora will be doing a Zoom interview with the Glencoe Folk Museum on 7th June at 7pm UK time.
    Details to follow in the spring.

    Glencoe Folk Museum
    Main Street
    Glencoe Village
    PH49 4HS
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  • Glencoe Folk Museum Talk

    Saturday 27th May 2023

    Flora will be speaking at the Glencoe Folk Museum in the afternoon of 27 May. Time to follow.

    Glencoe Folk Museum
    Main Street
    Glencoe Village
    PH49 4HS
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  • Aye Write – The Politics of Scottish Biography

    7.45pm - 8.45pm - 25th May 2023

    James Jauncey and Flora Fraser – The Politics of Scottish Biography.

    Two excellent examples of Scottish biography, focussing on very different subjects.

    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
    2 Sauchiehall Street
    G2 3NY
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  • Ann Foster’s Vulgar Histories Podcast


    Super Special: A Chat With Flora Fraser (author of Pretty Young Rebel: The Life of Flora MacDonald)

    Online Podcast.
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  • Boswell Book Festival

    Saturday 13th May 2023

    Flora will be speaking during the Boswell Book Festival, 12 to 14 May. Details to follow.

    Dumfries House
    KA18 2NJ
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  • Toppings Bookshop

    Thursday 11th May 2023

    Flora will be speaking at Toppings Bookshop in Edinburgh and signing books.

    Time to be confirmed.

    2 Blenheim Pl, Edinburgh EH7 5JH
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  • Boston Athenaeum, MA, USA

    Friday 14th April 2023 - 12 noon

    Flora will be speaking at the Boston Athenaeum in MA, USA on 14th April.

    Tickets available online.

    10½ Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02108
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  • Mount Vernon Author Lecture

    7-8pm, Thursday 13th April 2023

    In this probing, evocative portrait of a tumultuous life, master historian Flora Fraser peels away the layers of misinformation, legend, and myth to reveal a fascinating picture of this headstrong and irrepressible woman named Flora Macdonald. This is the captivating biography of the remarkable young Scotswoman whose bold decision to help “Bonnie” Prince Charlie—the Stuart claimant to the British throne—evade capture and flee the country has become the stuff of legend.

    A book signing and reception with complimentary beer, wine, and hors-d’oeuvres will take place after the lecture.

    This event is part of the 2023 Michelle Smith Lecture Series. Tickets are available only as a three-lecture package.

    3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
    Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
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  • New-York Historical Society – For The Ages: A History Podcast

    Friday 17th March 2023

    David Rubinstein  will interview Flora in March for New-York Historical Society’s For The Ages: A History Podcast. Details to follow.

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  • Flora Fraser in conversation with Ketan Sheth

    3pm, Sunday 22nd January 2023

    Flora Fraser in conversation with Ketan Sheth.

    Tickets available at EventBrite.

    Kensal Rise Library
    Bathurst Gardens
    NW10 5JA
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  • Save The Children

    Tuesday 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.

    Tickets £20

    Doors Open: 6:30pm
    Talk: 7:30-8:30pm

    St Columba's
    Pont Street
    SW1X 0BD

  • Wigtown Book Festival

    Sunday 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.

    Festival Marquee
    Dumfries & Galloway
    Scotland, UK
    DG8 9HN
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  • Times Radio

    9pm Friday 30th September 2022

    Interview with Michael Portillo on Times Radio

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  • Book Signings

    September 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 Talk

    Friday 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
    Cameron Square
    Fort William
    PH33 6AJ
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