“From the Pillory to the Prison Cell” by Ginny Davis, Friday 10th May 2024, 7.30 pm, village hall

An illustrated talk charting the history and development of judicial sentencing from the 16th to the 20th century. Time was when coin clippers were traitors sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered and scolds were sentenced to the ducking stool. Much has changed, apart from one thing. Crime doesn’t pay.

Ginny was born in Birmingham and she first trained as a secretary and linguist and worked as a translator at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and as a headmaster’s secretary. She then read law as a mature student at the University of Cambridge. In 1989 she was called to the Bar and practised criminal law in the Midlands until the birth of her children. Since 2007 she has been a full time writer and performer. She lives in Warwickshire with her husband and dog.