huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields


The Gentle Author is offering a £50 discount on these celebrated blog writing courses for Huguenots.

Spend a weekend in an eighteenth century weaver’s house in Spitalfields and learn how to write a blog with The Gentle Author.

This course will examine the essential questions which need to be addressed if you wish to write a blog that people will want to read.

“Like those writers in fourteenth century Florence who discovered the sonnet but did not quite know what to do with it, we are presented with the new literary medium of the blog – which has quickly become omnipresent, with many millions writing online. For my own part, I respect this nascent literary form by seeking to explore its own unique qualities and potential.” - The Gentle Author


1. How to find a voice – When you write, who are you writing to and what is your relationship with the reader?
2. How to find a subject – Why is it necessary to write and what do you have to tell?
3. How to find the form – What is the ideal manifestation of your material and how can a good structure give you momentum?
4. The relationship of pictures and words – Which comes first, the pictures or the words? Creating a dynamic relationship between your text and images.
5. How to write a pen portrait – Drawing on The Gentle Author’s experience, different strategies in transforming a conversation into an effective written evocation of a personality.
6. What a blog can do – A consideration of how telling stories on the internet can affect the temporal world.


In 2019 courses will be held at 5 Fournier St, Spitalfields on 11th-12th May & 10th-11th November. Each course runs from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

Lunch will be catered by Leila’s Cafe of Arnold Circus and tea, coffee & cakes baked to historic recipes by the Townhouse are included within the course fee of £250 (Reduced from £300 for Huguenots).

Accommodation at 5 Fournier St is available upon enquiry to Fiona Atkins This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Paul Baker

paul20for20Fb2021Paul qualified as a City of London guide in 2013, and, as a confirmed Francophile with a French wife and experience of living in France, has naturally gravitated towards French tours, especially concerning the Huguenots. Paul is a French speaker, and conducts walks in both English and French. He conducts tours for schoolchildren, highlighting local history and other subjects in the curriculum. Soho and Spitalfields are two Huguenot centres where Paul reveals the life and times of the Huguenots.

Kate Boyle

Foto1Kate Boyle is a City of London guide who uncovers the fascinating story of the Greenwich Huguenots. Greenwich is a wonderful place for tourists, with its combination of Royal and Naval history, its park, museums and markets. She became fascinated with the largely forgotten story of the Huguenot community; a group of high class, influential Huguenots who settled around the Marquis de Ruvigny. This small but important group is often overlooked.

Hugh Dennis

Hugh DennisHugh Dennis has been a London guide since 1999 and since then has led hundreds of walks through the depth and breadth of London, most of the time off the beaten track. He loves exploring those less well-known nooks and crannies that make London so fascinating. Coming from a mixed Huguenot/Jewish family, Spitalfields is his kind of place. So on his walks he shows more than most London locations how it captures London's rich and fascinating immigrant history.

David Evans

David EvansDavid's interest in the Huguenots of Clerkenwell probably stems from his being a confirmed Francophile, his having spent all his career with Air France and his being a registered Clerkenwell & Islington Guide. He is also a registered City of London and City of Westminster Guide with fifteen years experience in the guiding field.

 John Halligan

Jjohn halligan1ohn has had a life-long interest in history and in 2004 qualified as a City of London Guide. He leads walks in and around the City of London, including Spitalfields. His great grandparents were married in Christ Church, Spitalfields and his wife has Huguenot ancestry. John is particularly interested in showing walkers how the Huguenots left their mark on the Spitalfields area. He delivers talks to local groups, including one entitled 'Spitalfields through the Ages'.

Tim Kidd

Tim kidd1Tim Kidd is a City of London guide and Blue Badge guide/lecturer. He has been one of our Festival guides for all three Festivals and a speaker at a number of events talking about Huguenot heritage as well as the Huguenots of Spitalfields.Tim conducts walks in the City of London, Wandsworth and Spitalfields.

 Julia Kuznecow

Julia KuznecowJulia is a City of London Guide. Her interest in the Huguenots developed from personal research into local and social history, and she is passionate about sharing her interest and raising awareness of the ordinary and extraordinary people who have lived and worked in London. Julia leads Huguenot-themed walks in Spitalfields, the City and Wandsworth, as well as a number of other historical walks in the City and the East End.

 Charlie de Wet

Charlie de WetCharlie de Wet is a qualified City of London guide. She has lived in Spitalfields for over 20 years and conducts walks about architecture, immigrants, historic Spitalfields and Huguenot silk weavers. Charlie raises funds by undertaking group tours within the City of London. These include Broadgate art, Wren churches, new architecture in the City, Smithfield and many more.

 Guy Rowston

Guy RowstonGuy Rowston is an adult education lecturer who lectures on many aspects of London's history and is a qualified Westminster guide. Guy has been interested in the
Huguenots since the tercentenary exhibition in 1985. He is particularly interested in showing how a faithful, hardworking and skilful immmigrant community made a contribution to British life. He specialises in the Soho community.

Neil Sinclair

Neil SinclairCity of London and Clerkenwell guide Neil Sinclair spent several years of his long career as a business and transport journalist working from an office in the heart of Spitalfields. Here he developed a keen interest in the area and its significance to the Huguenots and other immigrant communities that helped shape London’s rich cultural history. Neil has been a City guide for ten years and loves exploring the capital’s hidden alleyways and squares while sharing the fascinating stories of its inhabitants and their influence on London’s architecture, literature, art, customs, traditions and beliefs.

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