DICKENS’S FAVOURITE BLACKING FACTORY
Here’s a Saturday session of stories and music, and the stories go back to the time of Charles Dickens who never forgot his traumatic boyhood experience in Warren’s boot-blacking factory. Two hundred years later, Neil Price was exploring his own family history and found a series of clues that pointed to Warren’s main competitor, Day and Martin, and its owner Charles Day in particular; and also the long legal dispute that inspired the story of Jarndyce v Jarndyce in Bleak House. He travels back to 1836 in the company of Dave and Laura Grieve on a trail of detection – to hear a remarkable outcome.
Afterwards there’s an opportunity to sit on and chat over a drink, in the company of several well-known Orkney musicians enjoying some informal tunes.