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Type Evenings & Lates
Date and Times Friday 5 March | 7pm
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Come behind the scenes on a new wave of feminist storytelling with historian Hallie Rubenhold and Bridgerton writer Joy C Mitchell.

TV series Bridgerton and Harlots both put dynamic, feisty women at the heart of the drama. But what more is there to discover about the real history behind these global hits?

Join author and historian Hallie Rubenhold (The Covent Garden Ladies/Harlots) and TV writer and producer Joy C Mitchell (Bridgerton/The Letter for the King) to discuss finding the right balance between historical accuracy and feminist storytelling for television. 

This panel will be hosted live online via Zoom. Book now to secure your place.

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This is the first in a new series of talks at Royal Museums Greenwich exploring the work of women curators, historians and historical fiction writers.

About the panellists

Historian Hallie Rubenhold is the author of three works of non-fiction and two novels, of which, The Covent Garden Ladies and Lady Worlsey’s Whim, have inspired television dramas; Harlots (Hulu/Amazon) and The Scandalous Lady W (BBC2). Her most recent book, The Five; The Untold Lives of The Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (Doubleday, 2019) is the first full length biography of the Ripper’s victims. Disregarded by society for over 130 years, The Five pieces together their individual stories and overturns much of the mythology surrounding their lives, including the belief that all of the women were involved in ‘prostitution’. The Five won the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize, has become a Sunday Times Bestseller and has been optioned as a drama series by Mainstreet Pictures.

Joy C Mitchell is a Los Angeles-born, Europe-based TV writer and producer who worked on the hit Netflix drama “Bridgerton.” She also wrote for “Alex Rider” (Amazon Prime), "The Letter for the King” (Netflix), "Deutschland 86" (Sundance & Amazon Prime) the second season of the Emmy award-winning international TV drama series "Deutschland 83." Joy C. Mitchell is represented by The Agency (London) and Morris Yorn.

In addition to writing television, she freelances as an entertainment and travel journalist. Her writing has been published in Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, and Teen Vogue among others.

She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College and graduated with honors in Print Journalism from the Annenberg School at USC.

The panel is chaired by Chardine Taylor-Stone, Adult Education Programmer at Royal Museums Greenwich.

(Main image courtesy of Netflix)

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