Making Art And Literature Live

Karin Fernald

Karin Fernald is an actor, writer and speaker. She researches and creates a spell-binding picture of a character and a historical period; sometimes with revealing powerpoint images, and sometimes with music. She has appeared at festivals in England and on tour in Japan, Australia, Europe and at the University of Cape Town Summer School. She is an accredited lecturer of The Arts Society.

She has performed at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, the Foundling Museum, Dr. Johnson’s House and the Hurlingham Club. Subjects include Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, Edwin Landseer Florence Nightingale, Perdita Robinson, Queen Victoria and that endless  source of vitality and interest, Virginia Woolf.

Karin trained as an actor at RADA and worked in theatre, TV and radio until branching out with her solo show on Fanny Burney and then turning it into a popular lecture, the first of many.

Next Event

English Women and the French Revolution

Via Zoom hosted by Belsize Community Library

Early in the French Revolution, Englishwomen critical of their own society crossed the Channel, with high hopes. These included the writer, Mary Wollstonecraft and the courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliot, much painted by Gainsborough.

The talk is illustrated by paintings, portraits and caricatures by French and English artists of the day.

November 19th at 7:30pm

Contact me to find out more.

Solo Performances Entertaining Shows

“Spellbinding”  Irving Wardle, The Times

“A rivetting interpretation of the diarist Fanny Burney” Daily Telegraph 



“Comic clarity and deft touch … here is an actress of beautiful diction, graceful movement, intelligence and wit” The Stage

“a tour de force” Cheltenham Festival

“Entrancing” Bath Festival of Literature 



“Ebullient and intelligent … an accomplished actress and knowledgeable historian” Newbury Weekly News