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Mon, 17 Apr


Scunthorpe Central Library

Who was Kitty Fisher?

Kitty Fisher was an eighteenth century courtesan, remembered in the nursery rhyme, 'Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it.' At this free talk, I'll be revealing the real woman behind the myth and legend.

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Who was Kitty Fisher?
Who was Kitty Fisher?

Time & Location

17 Apr 2023, 13:30 – 15:30

Scunthorpe Central Library, Carlton St, Scunthorpe DN15 6TX, UK

About the event

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,

Kitty Fisher found it,

not a penny was there in it,

only ribbon round it

Generations of children have grown up knowing Kitty Fisher from the nursery rhyme, but who was she? Remembered as an eighteenth-century ‘celebrated’ courtesan and style icon, Kitty Fisher managed her public relations and controlled her image with care. In a time when women’s choices were limited, she navigated her way to fame and fortune.

Hers was a life filled equally with happiness and tragedy, one which left such an impact that the fascinating Kitty Fisher’s name still resonates today. She was the Georgian era’s most famous – and infamous – celebrity.

Joanne Major, author and historian, is fascinated by the eighteenth century and in exploring the hitherto undiscovered women’s history of the period. She holds a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Lincoln and is currently studying for an MA.

Joanne lives in Lincolnshire, with one foot in the present and one in the past. She has written several books about the Georgian era, including ‘Kitty Fisher: The First Female Celebrity’ which was published in 2022.

Recommended for 16+

Accessible venue. Refreshments (tea and coffee) provided.

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