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2016 update

Posted by Suze Appleton on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, In : Elizabeth Raffald 
Things are moving on. I am still giving talks on Elizabeth Raffald, bringing her name to the notice of as many people as I can. This week I have delivered copies of my short booklet about her to several retail outlets. First Arley Hall have a stock of both the booklet and the cookbook on sale in their gift shop, just as they reopen their catering section, renamed as The Gardener's Kitchen with a menu to honour the memory of Elizabeth and John.
And now Stockport has the booklet on sale in two l...
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I'm in the library!

Posted by Suze Appleton on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, In : Elizabeth Raffald 
He he he! I've just found out that my book is in Manchester Central Library! Along with all the illustrious authors my little booklet about Elizabeth Raffald is in the library! And not just one copy, but 4! Woo hoo! Okay, I'll stop with the exclamation marks but I just can't tell you how tickled I am that I have made it into the catalogue of books at Manchester. I grew up in Manchester and have used the library extensively for so many years, and the pleasure I get from thinking that I could n...
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#ElizabethRaffald for the Womanchester statue

Posted by Suze Appleton on Friday, June 5, 2015, In : Elizabeth Raffald 

Well things are getting exciting in the hunt for the forgotten Elizabeth.

First, thanks to my mum telling me about a campaign being run in the Manchester Evening News, I managed to get her accepted as a nominee for Manchester's first female statue since Queen Victoria. I put her name forward among the likes of Elizabeth Gaskell, the Pankhursts, Marie Stopes and many other tremendous women who have created progress in Manchester. Once the long list of 20 names was compiled there was a launch ...


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Progress!

Posted by Suze Appleton on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : book announcements 
Yay! I finally produced a first instalment to the Elizabeth Raffald story. A booklet of the talk that I give is now available on Amazon! It is still only the barest outline of this incredible character but it is a start. There is so much research needed to do her story justice that I think it will take me some time. In the meantime I'm still working on my other stories, the Caribbean farce, a sci fi adventure and I haven't forgotten my mystery story, it's just got pushed to the bottom of the ...
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My first talk

Posted by Suze Appleton on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, In : Elizabeth Raffald 
Elizabeth Raffald - The Experienced English Housekeeper Of Manchester

The adventures with Elizabeth continue! I have given my first talk about her, although, typically I tripped myself up before it started. I had got on the tram to Manchester, where I was giving the talk, and it was only after I had got off at Central Library and walked a block or two that I remembered I had set out that morning with a carrier bag containing my folder of handouts and visual aids. Calamity! panic! What a start...
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Elizabeth Raffald

Posted by Suze Appleton on Monday, September 8, 2014, In : Elizabeth Raffald 
This subject just keeps getting bigger and bigger!

I think I've finalised my talk about Elizabeth, there was so much to go through it was hard to decide what to include and what to leave out. I'm so grateful to my focus groups who gave me great feedback to knock it into shape. I'm certainly looking forward to writing the novel about her, I think she makes a fantastic subject. What a character. Dignified, ladylike with high bearing but determined, remarkable and enterprising. I wonder how she w...
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A New Direction

Posted by Suze Appleton on Saturday, August 2, 2014, In : progress reports 
Unusual as it is to be torn away from writing about the Caribbean, I have been totally gripped by the story of a woman who lived in Manchester over 200 years ago. A series of synchronicities has led me along a trail to find out more about a woman who was a powerhouse of ingenuity and hard work. She was an entrepreneur with style at a time when women had no legal rights, so despite being in business all her married life, when she died they had so much debt that her name isn't even engraved on ...
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