Trip back in time in a talk at Peckover House in Wisbech

Book launch at Peckover Housse in Wisbech with Diane Smith

Book launch at Peckover Housse in Wisbech with Diane Smith - Credit: Archant

People enjoyed a trip back in time at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, when Diane Calton Smith launched her new book.

Introducing the new Fenland Mystery, The Quayside Poet, Diane gave a talk about the town’s Georgian heyday, a time of prosperity and new thinking, when a gentleman’s favourite retreat was the coffee house.

Diane said: “The Quayside Poet book is written in two time zones, the modern day and the Georgian period.

“A small part of the book’s historical setting was used for the talk, taking everyone back in time to revisit a coffee house in the Wisbech of 1799.

“Many interesting personalities of the times called in, including Thomas Clarkson, the anti-slavery campaigner.

‘It was lovely to see so many people attend the talk,’ said Diane, ‘Writing four books in four years has been hard work but a lot of fun, and on a day like this it really feels worth it.’

Diane will be giving her talk about a Georgian Coffee House in Wisbech again at Wisbech Library at 10.30am on Thursday May 31.

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• The Quayside Poet is available at the museum, Peckover House and The Barn Crafts, Long Sutton. It is also for sale on Amazon, where an EBook version is also offered.