A couple of years ago the Nelson Museum asked if we could find any dramatic work about Emma Hamilton to stage to mark the 200th anniversary of her death. Long story short: there aren’t any. So that ot us thinking and we have been and still are developing a new play about Emma Hamilton to premiere hopefully next year. In the meantime there has been a huge retrospective exhibition about her at Greenwich and a clutch of new books. Undoubtedly one of the best is BELOVED EMMA by Flora Fraser and we were delighted when Flora accepted an invitation to come to Monmouth and talk as part of this year’s Literary Festival. She will be speaking on Sunday 25th at 2pm Tickets £5. If thee is a linked theme to the two speakers we have this weekend, it is that both the women they will talk about have been very badly treated by history and it is time now to re-appraise them both.