Biggles Day at Shuttleworth
Biggles is an enduring hero for generations of school children. Yet few will have stopped to wonder his antecedence and from where Captain James Bigglesworth of the Royal Flying Corps sprang. Perhaps even wondering about the author Captain W E Johns.
Paul Beaver is a lifelong fan of Biggles the audacious airman, war hero and all-round good chap. He will attempt to unravel fact from fiction and delve deep into the origins of Biggles. We will examine the characters and the relevance to the storylines of the period in which the books were written.
Amongst the areas for discussion will be the connection between Biggleswade, Shuttleworth, Biggles and Johns. If you have a Biggles book from childhood, do bring it along: Biggles of the Camel Squadron perhaps? Or the later, post-Second World War Biggles of the Special Air Police?
Join Paul at the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire on 4 August for a full day devoted to Biggles, Captain W E Johns and the Sopwith Camel.
Exclusive viewing of the Sopwith Camel Plane & A talk from a pilot
- Biggles as a literary phenomenon
- Captain John’s role in pilot recruiting
- The Sopwith Camel
- A pilot’s point of view
Take part in the:
- Discussions and shared memories
- Hangar Tour
- Lunch and refreshments
Study Day -
Meet at 10.00 at Shuttleworth. Old Warden Park, Biggleswade. SG18 9DX
10.15 Lecture by Paul Beaver
BIGGLES – LITERARY PHENOMENON
11.15 Coffee break
11.30 Second Lecture by Paul Beaver
BIGGLES IN REAL LIFE
12.00 Tour of the hangar
13.00 BOOK DISCUSSION DURING LUNCH
SHOW & TELL YOUR BOOKS
14.00 Third Lecture on aerial combat in the First World War – Paul Beaver
View the Sopwith Camel Plane with Paul Beaver
15.00 Talk from a pilot
16.00 Questions and answers on the day
16.30 Day ends