The closing speaker of the 2019 West Cork History Festival will be screenwriter and novelist Daisy Goodwin, who wrote the hugely popular TV series Victoria on the life of Queen Victoria. Daisy will speak about writing Victoria and her own West Cork connections.
Daisy is the great-great-great granddaughter of the Rev Robert Traill, a former Rector of Schull. A complex character, he was a defender of the tithe system. He is best known, however, for his steadfast work among those of all denominations afflicted by the Famine. He raised funds for their relief, administered care, and ultimately paid with his life, when he succumbed to typhus in April 1847. He is depicted in Victoria and Daisy will no doubt speak about him in her contribution to the Festival.
Details of the full programme of this year’s West Cork History Festival are HERE.