“Samantha Little, Writer in Residence at Brixham Heritage Museum, recently welcomed a number of distinguished guests to the launch of her latest book, ‘Battling Onwards: The Brixham Fishing Fleet 1914-1918’, which was produced a part of the Museum’s Great War centenary commemorations.”
“Among those who enjoyed literary conversation and a vintage afternoon tea, while Samantha signed copies of her book were Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver; Dr James Wallis, who is leading research on ‘Farm, Fishing and Food Supply in the Great War’ with Professor Henry French of Exeter University; and Katherine Findlay, lead for the Devon Remembers Heritage Project.
Other Museums in Devon were strongly represented, among them Sidmouth Museum, whose curator, Nigel Hyman, attended with his wife, Aileen, and Teign Heritage Centre, whose Deputy Curator Heather Roache was present with researcher, Lou Bagnold.”
“John Risdon, well-known local historian, author and the Museum’s President, who has written a foreword to Samantha’s latest book, mentioned the hard work and commitment of all the Museum’s volunteers, while Samantha thanked Louise Cresswell and Jacqui Hill, who arranged the event.”
“Samantha also paid tribute to the Mayor, Gordon Oliver, for his enthusiastic support, including a £400 grant from the Mayor’s Fund, which underpinned his commitment to local heritage. Mr. Oliver also praised the wide-reaching work of the Museum and the dedication of its volunteers, which impressed him.”
“Samantha’s book is the evocative, true story of the Brixham Fishing Fleet during the Great War, battling great adversity to supply the nation with food at a crucial time, despite recruitment of men to the Royal Navy, increasing regulations, U-boat activity, mines in the trawl and many other obstacles.
The book also recalls the rescue of men from HMS Formidable by the crew of the Brixham trawler, Provident. Samantha has drawn extensively on the words of those who were there, especially fisherman George Bridge, whose fascinating memoirs are held in the Museum’s archive.”
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Samantha’s Author Biography:
Samantha Little is the Writer in Residence at Brixham Heritage Museum.
She has written four local history books based on material held in the Museum: ‘Medicinal Purposes – Public Health and Primary Care in Brixham since 1890’ (2003), ‘Through Cloud and Sunshine – Brixham in the Great War’ (2008) ‘Keep Smiling Through! – The Brixham Home Front 1939-1945’ (2011), while her latest book is ‘Battling Onwards – The Brixham Fishing Fleet 1914-1918’ (2016). It was researched as part of the Museum’s continuing World War I Centenary commemorations.
For ten years Samantha worked as a Hospital Advocate for Age UK; during this time she qualified as a Paralegal with the Institute of Legal Executives. She has also worked extensively with NHS Trusts to support patients and carers. She is a patron of the arts in healthcare charity Poems in the Waiting Room, which provides poetry pamphlets for public areas in hospitals and GP surgeries, and contributes general book reviews to Signposts for Carers, a local NHS magazine.
She is currently working with the BBC, providing research for programmes to commemorate the Battles of Jutland and the Somme, and contributing to Farming, Fishing and Food Supply in the First World War, an Exeter University History Department project led by Professor Henry French and Dr James Wallis. She is also writing pieces for the fisheries strand of the Devon Remembers Heritage Project under the direction of Katherine Findlay.
Samantha is a member of the Society of Authors. After spending part of her childhood in Brixham, of which she has especially fond memories, she now lives near Dartmoor with her husband and dogs.Follow