Please join us at our next Bath for Europe Euro Café on Sunday, 2nd May (15:00-16:30 GMT/16:00-17:30 CET) for what promises to be a very interesting and illuminating conversation with Aletta Stevens. There will be an opportunity to ask her questions and, afterwards, Chris Davies, the Chairman of the Bath-Alkmaar Twinning Association, will bring us up to date about the Association’s recent activities, and what events are planned for the future. To register, please click on this link
Aletta Stevens grew up in the Netherlands and came to the UK to study English at the University of Sheffield. She now works as a writer and professional translator, and lives in Wiltshire.
The Remarkable Journey of Mr Prins (published 2020) is the story of how a Dutch Jew from Alkmaar escaped to Bath and started the Bath-Alkmaar twinning relationship. In the first part of the book, Aletta Stevens has vividly reconstructed the stories of a number of individuals, among them Eli Prins, who were forced to flee the Netherlands in 1940; in the second part she describes the often harrowing wartime experiences of people living in both cities, and the final part of the book is an account of the fundraising campaign and the City of Bath’s adoption of Alkmaar, which led to the twinning relationship between Alkmaar and Bath.
Bath for Europe members who’d like to read The Remarkable Journey of Mr Prins before the event, can order a signed copy (special 20% discount) from her website: www.alettastevens.co.uk. The book is also available from Amazon and bookshops in Bath.
This event can now be watched on YouTube.