Forest of Galtres Society


October 25, 2022

Thursday 10th November 2022 is a special date for that evening we shall welcome Brian Groom to give a lecture. This lecture is on the subject of his book entitled ‘Northerners: A History, from the Ice Age to the Present Day’.

Brian Groom is a Journalist, formerly assistant editor & political editor of the Financial Times and editor of Scotland on Sunday.

He says; ‘I would like to offer a talk for the Forest of Galtres Society next year based on my forthcoming book ‘Northerners: A History. From the Ice Ages to the Present Day’, which will be published in mid-April 2022 by Harper North, a new imprint of HarperCollins. It’s the first general history of northern England to be published for more than 30 years. Yorkshire, including your part of it, naturally forms an important part of the story. It would be wonderful to talk to your members – I can promise an entertaining event with wide appeal and plenty of local interest, a 45-minute romp through 180 million years of northern history.

Northerners is topical, given tensions over Brexit, the “red wall” and forces threatening to drive the country apart. The book lays out the dramatic events that have played out in the north – waves of migration, invasions and battles, its impact on European culture and the global economy, its struggles to assert its identity as modern Britain emerged. It explores what northernness means in the 21st century and the crucial role the north can play in Britain’s future. It tells the north’s story through experiences of the region’s people, famous or not, including Cartimandua, queen of the Brigantes; St Oswald, Bede and Richard III; Richard Arkwright and the Stephensons; William Wordsworth, the Brontës and Elizabeth Gaskell; Emmeline Pankhurst and Gracie Fields; Sir Robert Peel, William Gladstone, Ellen Wilkinson and Harold Wilson; Kathleen Ferrier, the Beatles and David Hockney; Marcus Rashford, Lemn Sissay and Nicola Adams. Fundamental as the Industrial Revolution was, there is far more to the north’s history. At least six Roman emperors ruled from York. Northumbria was for a time Europe’s leading cultural and intellectual centre. Border wars with Scotland occupied 1,000 of the past 2,000 years.’

‘My book has turned out a national bestseller. It got to number three in the Times top ten for hardback non-fiction and has sold more than 10,000 copies. Reviews in the Times, Financial Times and double-page spreads in the Mirror and Express.’

Easingwold Methodist Chapel, commencing at 7.30pm, Members £2,Guests £4 to attend.


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