When We Fall

Series of talks with the author Carolyn Kirby



Thursday 28 May 2020, 6.30PM

National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Rd


London SW3 4HT



Author Carolyn Kirby discusses the life of Janina Lewandowska, the only female victim of the Katyn Massacre and the inspiration behind her latest novel.

In the spring of 1940, more than 22,000 Polish prisoners of war were murdered by their Soviet captors in the region around Katyn in western Russia. 

This war crime was denied and disputed for five decades until the fall of the Soviet Union. When the true story came to be revealed, researchers were astonished to find, among the evidence of thousands of murdered officers, the partial remains of one solitary woman.

This woman was Janina Lewandowska, a pilot in the Polish air force and a pioneer of women's aviation. Her experience lies at the heart of 'When We Fall', a new novel by Carolyn Kirby. 

Carolyn will talk about how the remarkable life and death of Janina Lewandowska inspired her novel, and about the process of creating a work of fiction from one of the most shocking and controversial episodes of the Second World War.

'When We Fall' will be published in May 2020. Now a full-time writer, Carolyn studied History at St Hilda's College, Oxford.


With additional talks at:

Friday 17 April 2020

Victorian Scientists and Scandals - talk at Drayton St Leonard (details tbc)

Thursday 30 April 2020

Talk with Annie Murray in aid of Crisis at Birmingham School of Art, Margaret St, Birmingham 7pm

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Talk about When We Fall at Marlow Bookshop at 6.30pm

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Talk about When We Fall at Hungerford Library at 7.30pm

Thursday 14 May

Talk about When We Fall at Abingdon Library at 6.45pm

Wednesday 20 May

Talk about When We Fall at Warwick Books at 7pm

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