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This is where I publish progress updates, thoughts and information around my writing and my what has been my key project for the last few years , my book about John Oliver, his art, his life growing up and around the River Medway.

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Progress with the book March 2019

By Frances Beaumont | 11/03/2019

I’M OFF – I’m off during April to the beautiful island of Iona, near Mull.  My friends part-own the Argyll Hotel there.  In exchange for some dog walking, I will be able to write in peace. I aim to get the first version of the whole book finished.   PROGRESS – so far Currently I’m…

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Conquering Conquest House

By Frances Beaumont | 10/07/2017

The exhibition of  25 paintings , prints and sculptures by six of John’s artists friends at Conquest House, Canterbury  won the  approval  by the Gallery  owner  last week . She said it was a refreshing and vibrant  show , full of human  interest and  would have liked it to stay longer. She  especially liked Tony…

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Owen John Oliver As A Child at his special school

Art Exhibitions and Talks coming up !

By Frances Beaumont | 12/05/2017

Many people did not know that John Oliver was an artist in his own right ( Trained in Northampton School of Art and painting with his foot )  and he had several friends  living on the river Medway  who were artists too. I’m excited to be going to Port Isaac  next week for a painting…

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Writing The Book About John Oliver

Writing the book…

By Frances Beaumont | 02/03/2017

“How is the book coming along ?”  people ask me, and I’m glad to say its coming along well! I have a mass of archive material from many interviews and am very grateful to all  Joliver’s friends and aquantances who have given their time to this project. I have written the first two chapters,and there…

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John Oliver As A Child

Talks about John Oliver

By Frances Beaumont | 19/02/2017

Hi , I’m giving 2  talks and slide show presenataion about John Oliver this Spring .  Hope you can come ! March 22  2017 at 7.45  pm in the Greenstreet Methodist Hall ,LYNSTEAD  Village,ME9 9RP Directions from Faversham: take the A2 to Lynsted and turn LEFT opposite the small Co-op into Lynsted Lane.   Greenstreet…

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John Oliver With His Friends

The search for Joliver’s Painting ! £50 REWARD

By Frances Beaumont | 17/01/2017

Owen  John Oliver   was,by all accounts, an exceptional artist. He was accepted  by the prestigious Slade Art School  in London  , but they had no grants. They suggested Northampton College of Art  where he  got tuition  grant  on a 4 year NDD  course. This qualified him  to teach art, but he  preferred the open…

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Owen John Oliver As A Child at his special school

Wow, what a response !

By Frances Beaumont | 13/12/2016

THANKS to all who came tonight  to hear my talk about John Oliver  in Faversham and contributed their stories about him.  Many apologies to the many people who were turned away – especially those coming from Rochester ! We had  underestimated the interest  the talk  would arouse and could only fit 50  people in that room…

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John Oliver On His Boat

Talk at Faversham December 13 2016

By Frances Beaumont | 18/11/2016

13 DECEMBER  7.0 for 7.30pm Faversham  Creek Trust , The Purifier Building , Morrisons Wharf, North lane,  Faversham  ME13 7DY Talk with slides on The Extraordinary life of John Oliver  by life long friend  Frances Beaumont Refreshments . All welcome.      

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Medway gets the Message!

By Frances Beaumont | 10/10/2016

I’ve had a great response to the Medway Messenger Newspaper article about John Oliver in the MEMORIES pages by Pete Cook this week ( Pub: Friday 7 October ) Thanks to  Peter for writing such a detailed and accurate article,   and to all who emailed me with information and memories of their own .…

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In the papers !

By Frances Beaumont | 02/10/2016

I was pleased to get a very warm response to my talk about John Oliver on LV21 at the Estuary Festival a few weeks ago , and I was given a number of useful leads, contacts and offers of help . One contact was with journalist Peter Cook from the KM newspapers who writes the…

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