Local author is guest speaker at fund-raising event at James Cook University Hospital

Historical novelist, Karen Charlton from Marske, is to give a talk in order to raise funds for the Holistic Care Unit.  Entitled ‘Searching for the Eagle’, Karen’s talk explains how she and her husband uncovered a skeleton in their closet during their family history research and then turned their ancestor’s sorry tale of Regency injustice into a popular novel.

Set in 1809, Catching the Eagle is based on the true story of how Jamie Charlton was controversially convicted of Northumberland’s most notorious burglary at Kirkley Hall in Ponteland.   Since its publication last December, Catching the Eagle has achieved favourable reviews from both national and regional newspapers and magazines.

There has also been keen local interest from the media in the background story of the novel. Everyone, it seems, wants to know how she and her husband discovered their Regency convict and turned his story into a successful novel. She has been featured in ‘Family History Monthly’ and genesreunited commissioned a video documentary about her search for their gaol-bird and linked it to their website.  Karen has also been invited to give her talk to genealogy groups, libraries and local historical societies as far afield as Alnwick.

Karen says: “In 2004, when we opened our ancestral closet, the proverbial skeleton fell out.  We were startled to discover that we had a Regency convict in the family tree.  Not only that, but he was also a criminal with a very dodgy conviction.  I had always wanted to write historical novels.  The perfect plot had just landed in my lap…”

Karen will next present her talk, ‘Searching for the Eagle,’ at a fund-raising event for the Holistic Cancer Care Centre at James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough on Friday 13th July 6.30- 8 pm.  Telephone: 01642 854839 for tickets. The price of £10 includes refreshments. Places limited to 50.

In addition to this, Karen will also be signing copies of the newly-released paperback edition of Catching the Eagle at The Guisborough Bookshop, Chaloner Street, Guisborough on Saturday 14th July 11- 1pm.

You can meet Karen Charlton, buy signed copies of the novel and learn more about the amazing story of Jamie Charlton at both these events.

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