Registrations open today for the launch event of the new podcast series of Lorna’s Lloyd’s Diary of the war. This takes place at Great Malvern Priory in Worcestershire on Tuesday 24th May 2022 from 14:00 onwards.
To register (free of charge), please click on this link. This will take you to the EventBrite page at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lorna-lloyds-diary-of-the-war-podcast-launch-event-tickets-307900246927.
The podcast series is an output of the Creative Informatics (AHRC) funded Platform to platform project. The episodes have been created by a team of staff and students from the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University.
The launch on Tuesday May 24th is a free, ticketed event open to all interested in learning about Lorna Lloyd, a young woman who wrote her extraordinary chronicle of the early months of World War II from her home in Malvern. Lloyd also penned a collection of powerful poems from childhood into her late 20s, some of which will feature in bonus episodes of the Diary of the war.
Attending the launch event is an opportunity to meet the teams behind both the popular Blipfoto journal LornaL, and the new podcast series of Lorna’s writing. Several members of the Lloyd family will also be participating at the event, including actor Bethany Ray, who plays her great-great aunt Lorna in the podcast series.
As well as an exhibition, the programme for the launch event includes a presentation about Lorna Lloyd and wartime Malvern delivered by Faith Renger of the Malvern Museum of Local History, readings by Bethany Ray from the Diary of the war and poetry collection, and a panel discussion with the project team. This programme will be delivered twice: to afternoon visitors between 14:30-16:30, then repeated 17:30-19:30 for those coming in the evening.
Tea, coffee and biscuits 1940s-style will be available during the launch event. More substantial refreshments can be found in a number of cafés and restaurants near to Great Malvern Priory (see, for example, the Malverns eating out list).
The project team gratefully acknowledges the BBC Archive, the British Newspaper Archive (British Library and FindMyPast), Creative Informatics (AHRC), Malvern Museum of Local History, and the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University for their support of the creation of the podcast series, and the hosting of the launch event.