Comfort for the Troops

Comfort for the Troops

By Fiona Joseph

The factory women at Cadbury in Birmingham made a phenomenal contribution to the First World War effort, parcelling gifts (‘comforts’) of chocolate and knitting for the servicemen abroad, as well as working voluntarily in the local auxiliary hospitals.

This event is part of the National Army Museum’s regular Daytime Talks series.

In this talk Fiona Joseph discusses how and why her research into the Bournville Archives inspired her to write a novel. She will also consider the joys and challenges of using real lives, places and events to shape a work of fiction.

Fiona Joseph is the author of the biography ‘Beatrice: The Cadbury Heiress Who Gave Away Her Fortune’ and the fact-inspired novel ‘Comforts For The Troops’. She frequently gives talks about the background to her books at events in the West Midlands and further afield.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.



Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Venue details


Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove

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