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Richard Atkinson

Hexham Book Festival




Showing at

Hexham Abbey

Mr Atkinson’s Rum Contract 

Hexham Abbey - The Great Hall
Saturday 18 June: 1.15pm
Tickets: £8, £6

The rise and fall of a family, and the extraordinary, troubling story of their involvement in slavery, narrated against a panoramic backdrop of love, war, politics and commerce.  

Like many well-to-do Georgian families, the Atkinsons’ wealth was acquired at a terrible cost, through the labour and lives of enslaved Africans. Drawing on his ancestors’ private correspondence, Richard Atkinson pieces together their unsettling story, from the weather-beaten house in Cumbria where they once lived to the ruins of their sugar estates in Jamaica. This extraordinarily original work of detective biography is also a uniquely personal account of one of the most disturbing chapters in Britain’s colonial past.  

Richard is interviewed by Illustrated Talk.

Running time: 1hr


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