The documentary in which Jane took part, Our Queen in Wartime, was broadcast on ITV on 22 April 2020. It’s due to be shown on PBS on 5 May 2020.

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Jane is participating in the second series of The Book Programme for North Herts Radio, to be broadcast in August 2020. She presents a business programme – ‘Get that business going – it’s easier than you think!’  – in which she talks to three experts who’ve written books on the subject. (Below left, from front: Claudia Roth, Allan Esler Smith, Chris West, Jane.) Jane is also a contributor to the programme ‘The Craft of Writing,’ (below right), with presenter JS Watts, Chris West & Jane O’Reilly.

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On 18 February 2020 Jane was delighted to speak at the Bexley Book Buzz Literary Festival. Her venue was historic Hall Place, in the area in which she was brought up, and the room was the beautiful Tudor Kitchen, where a scene from The Crown was filmed – most appropriate because her talk was called From Bexley Girl to Royal Biographer.

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– On 13 January 2020, the Queen held ‘summit talks’ at Sandringham on the proposals made by the Duke & Duchess of Sussex for their new roles. The same day, Jane’s letter to The Times was published  (written in response to a column by a Times journalist). letter Times

-In November 2019 Jane was filmed for a television documentary on the Queen (below), for which her book PRINCESS  was a source.

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-On 16 November 2019 Jane gave a talk at Buntingford Library as a member of the Hertfordshire group of the Society of Authors (below).

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– Jane presented a series of five book programmes for North Herts Radio, which were  broadcast from  6 October to 3 November 2019 on Sundays at 4pm.  She talked to fellow writers about their work, fiction and non-fiction. Here she’s recording the first programme, War Zone, with Allan Esler Smith & Hugh Bicheno, and the last one, with JD Davies and Patricia O’Sullivan, The Pleasure & the Pain of writing Non-fiction, in which she also talked about her own work.  Other programmes were Writing Historical Fiction; Poetry Today; and A Story in the Making.Click here and scroll down page to listen again

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– In May 2019 Jane appeared on the Better Known podcast and talked to Ivan Wise about six things that should be better known.  Her choices included two trailblazing women from the 19th/early 20th cent. and The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley. Listen here:  Podcast

– At Hertford Library on 7 March 2019, Jane gave a talk on Royals, Rebels & Aristocrats, part of a series of talks by writers from the Society of Authors. 

– In January 2019 Jane was the lunchtime speaker for Harpenden PROBUS  group. 

 – Jane did a book signing at David’s Bookshop in Letchworth, Herts on 8th Dec 2018  


– On Sat 1st December 2018 Jane gave a talk at Croxley Green Library, Hertfordshire, the first in the Saturday Series of talks at the library by writers from the Society of Authors.

 – Jane was delighted to speak at the Berwick Literary Festival on 20 0ctober 2018 on Royals, Rebels & Aristocrats: The Pleasure & the Pain of Writing about Britain’s ‘Blue-Blooded’ families. 


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 – At Hitchin Library, Hertfordshire, Jane gave a talk (8 Sept 2018) called Other People’s Lives: The Thrills and Spills of Being a Biographer, part of a series of talks at the library by writers from the Society of Authors.

– Jane was filmed by the Anglophile Channel, the American TV channel for lovers of British culture and entertainment (10 Aug 2018), in interview with Marlise Boland.  They talked about Jane’s book PRINCESS: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II.  The location was the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London, which stands on the site of the Queen’s first home, 145 Piccadilly, to which her parents moved in June 1927. Watch an abridged version here (longer version to follow): ‘PRINCESS’ interview

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– On 10 July 2018 Jane was interviewed live by Selina Mackenzie for Talk Radio Europe, to talk about her new book PRINCESS: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II. Link here

– Jane was a speaker at the first Hitchin Literary Festival, OpenBook, on 29 July 2017, held at the British Schools Museum, which was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. Her talk was Royals, Rebels and Aristocrats: the pleasure and the pain of writing about Britain’s ‘blue- blooded’ families.

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 – In April 2016, following an audition,  Jane was accepted by the Federation of Women’s Institutes (WI) as an approved speaker.  She has enjoyed fulfilling the many bookings she received for 2016-2018 to talk to different branches about her book Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain, and looks forward to the engagements she has for 2019.

On 10th November 2015 she was interviewed live on BBC Radio Suffolk as a sofa guest on Lesley Dolphin’s show. She was invited to talk about her life and her books, The Voice from the Garden and Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain.  

 –  As author of the Suffolk-based book The Voice From the Garden, Jane was invited by the Mayor of Ipswich to attend the grand reopening, after restoration, of the orangery and stable block at Holywells Park (the Cobbold brewing family’s former estate), Ipswich, which took place on 18th July 2015.

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(Above) The author with Pamela Hambro’s (nee Cobbold) great nephew, Major Philip Hope-Cobbold (on left), and Anthony Cobbold of the Cobbold Family History Trust. (Below) Left: the restored orangery.  Right: the redesigned stable block.

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 – On 18th December 2014, Jane was a speaker at a Yorkshire Post Literary Lunch, held at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, where she talked about Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain (below):

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 – Jane attended a joint book signing event on 6 December 2014 with the Duchess of Northumberland at The Alnwick Garden at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland (below):

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 – On 25th September 2014 Jane was invited to give a talk and book signing at Waterstones, St Albans for Duchesses: Living in 21st Century Britain  (below).