Georgette Heyer: A Century Spent Having a Ball…

Photograph of Dr Bex Lewis

“This unconference is dedicated to the memory of Dr Bex Lewis, who died on Feb 18th.  She was a great supporter of Heyer, and we were looking forward to sharing these events with her.  But, in celebration of her indomitable spirit, as her last message to me in January instructed, we will “keep calm and carry on with some Heyer joy”! 

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In Alt: Assembling for Heyer

Professor Kim Wilkins and Dr Samantha Rayner talk about the new edited collection, and take questions from the floor.

Book Jacket for Georgette Heyer, History and Historical Fiction

Georgette Heyer, History and Historical Fiction is published today, 25th February.

Download the newly published open access essay series Georgette Heyer, History & Historical Fiction and have it sent straight to your inbox!

– In addition all our Un-Conference ticket holders are entitled to a 25% discount on the print edition. Purchase via the UCL Press website with discount code heyeracademic

Nb: Discount code valid until 30th April 2021

Georgette Heyer, History, and Historical Fiction brings together an eclectic range of chapters from scholars all over the world to explore the contexts of Heyer’s career. Divided into four parts – gender; genre; sources; and circulation and reception – the volume draws on scholarship on Heyer and her contemporaries to show how her work sits in a chain of influence, and why it remains pertinent to current conversations on books and publishing in the twenty-first century. Heyer’s impact on science fiction is accounted for, as are the milieu she was writing in, the many subsequent works that owe Heyer’s writing a debt, and new methods for analysing these enduring books.


Guest Speaker: Stephen Fry on Georgette Heyer


Publication Keynote: The Black Moth & Beyond, in Conversation with Biographer Jennifer Kloester & Professor Kim Wilkins

Jennifer Kloester is the author of Georgette Heyer: The Biography of a Bestseller (2011), and Georgette Heyer’s Regency World (2005). This in-conversation will range across Heyer’s life and writing, telling some of the stories behind the stories we continue to love, 100 years after Heyer’s first publication.


Writing Historical Fiction: What can we Learn from Heyer With novelists Kate Forsyth & Alison Goodman and Chaired by Professor Kim Wilkins

Both Kate Forsyth (Bitter Greens, The Wild Girl) and Alison Goodman (The Lady Helen series) have cited Georgette Heyer as an inspiration. But have they borrowed any creative writing tricks from her, and how do they go about creating their own historical storyworlds? A must for those who aspire to write historical fiction for themselves.


Heyer: The Nonesuch of her Time and the Original Influencer with authors & Heyer aficionados with Cathy Rentzenbrink, Katie Fforde, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Harriet Evans
Chair: Jacks Thomas

Why do we all love Georgette Heyer? Four bestselling writers discuss their love affair with this prolific and private writer whose work has helped to shape a new generation of romantic novelists and fans across the world. What is her place in the revival of why Regency rocks?


Georgette Heyer, History and Historical Fiction: A volume of essays – brought to life with Tom Zille, Vanda Wilcox & Kathleen Jennings, Chaired by Dr Samantha Rayner

Digging deep and putting a rocket under Heyer: These three academic essayists examine Regency language, Wellington’s army and the role Heyer’s novels play in science fiction.


This is a special bonus Shelf Healing episode to celebrate the unconference and launch of a new book of essays about the historical romance novelist Georgette Heyer.  I chat with carriage historian Amy Bracey of The Carriage Foundation, and carriage commentator and auctioneer Sarah Dance of The Carriage Commentator all about Regency Era carriages. You won’t find two people more knowledgeable about carriages.

We talk high flyers, coaches, gigs, and the way that carriages were an extension of your personal and household fashion. The expense of carriages, the cost of the Grand Tour, and a couple of very Georgette Heyer stories from the early 1800s.

If you want to know how much a coach would have cost you, what your carriage said about you, or what colours you could use on your carriage this is the episode for you.

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