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Time-travel to 100 dates that helped shape Norwich

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If you’ve ever strolled through the cobbled streets of Norwich and wondered who’s trodden them before you, a new book by local historian and former University of East Anglia (UEA) student Kindra Jones will introduce you to some of the characters and events that have helped to shape our city.

“Norwich in 100 dates” will be launched on 24 November at Jarrold’s, when Kindra, who also performs as an historical re-enactor, will bring history to life as a number of colourful characters telling stories from our past.

“Writing this book has been a wonderful journey in itself for me,” said Kindra. “I wasn’t born in Norwich but grew to love it as a student and am now very happily settled here. Norwich is so rich in history and I made many fascinating discoveries while researching the book. I’ve tried to ensure that even people who’ve lived here all their lives will learn something new by covering everything from local traditions such as visits from Jack Valentine to landmark buildings.

This is Kindra’s first book but she’s used to storytelling in her various historical guises. “As a trained teacher with a passion for history, historical re-enactment is the perfect channel to share my enthusiasm and bring history to life,” she said.

Kindra began re-enacting as a hobby and has worked as a professional historical interpreter, but it wasn’t until she was a UEA student that she began her business, “The Lady Knight”. “UEA’s Student Enterprise team not only encouraged me but provided funding and gave me invaluable advice on how to run a business,” she said. “Just like the book, it’s a great way to make history accessible to everyone – and fun.”

The Jarrold’s launch is on Thursday 24 November and tickets are £5, including a glass of wine. Advance booking is essential, either from Jarrold’s or online at http://www.jarrold.co.uk/events-diary/events-list/kindra-jones-$9-norwich-in-100-dates