underdogs, crusader for social justice and freedom of speech … known as the Scottish Maupassant, fêted as one of the finest writers of his generation … friend of Wells, Wilde, Shaw, Chesterton, Hudson, Masefield … painted by Lavery, sculpted by Epstein … and directly descended from King Robert II of Scotland … it would be impossible to make him up today.


Jamie’s talk weaves together tales from Don Roberto’s remarkable life with a look at the role mythical family figures play in our own lives.




TALES OF DON ROBERTO

An illustrated talk of variable length:

typically 50 minutes, or 90 minutes with interval.


jamie@jauncey.co.uk   07971 511952

Tales of

Don Roberto

WITH JAMIE JAUNCEY

An illustrated talk on RB Cunninghame Graham, Scotland’s “forgotten” literary and political legend




ARISTOCRAT POLITICIAN

WRITER

STORYTELLER

HORSEMAN

ADVENTURER

SOCIALIST

HUMANITARIAN

PRAISE FOR TALES OF DON ROBERTO


“Jamie Jauncey brings the astonishing Robert Cunninghame Graham to life before our eyes. It’s a truly marvellous story, which has now found its ideal storyteller.”


Donald Smith, Director,

Scottish International Storytelling Festival


“A deeply personal yet sweeping and informative portrait of one of the most flamboyant characters of recent Scottish history. How can we have forgotten someone so extraordinary and so relevant to our own times as Don Roberto. Jamie Jauncey, his great-great-nephew, tells us why we should remember him.”


James Robertson,

Novelist


Writer Jamie Jauncey grew up with stories from the extraordinary life of his flamboyant great-great-uncle, RB Cunninghame Graham (1852- 1936), famously known as DON ROBERTO.


But who really was Don Roberto, and what was it like to have such a figure as part of the family backdrop?


“When I think of you, I feel as though I have lived all my life in a dark hole without seeing or knowing anything,” wrote his friend Joseph Conrad – and with good cause.


Gaucho and revolutionary conscript in Argentina, rancher and buffalo hunter in Texas, fencing master in Mexico, held to ransom by a Moroccan sheikh … the first ever Socialist Member of Parliament, arrested and gaoled for rioting on Bloody Sunday … co-founder with Keir Hardie of the Scottish Labour Party … founding president of the Scottish National Party … champion of



"The buccaneering life of Robert Cunninghame Graham can sound like something out of an adventure novel, so much so his humanity and vision is often lost. Jamie Jauncey revisits the life and legacy of his ancestor in a thoughtful, compelling voice that makes Don Roberto a real person again, and brings home his relevance to our own turbulent times."


Drew Campbell, President,

Scottish PEN



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2017 DATES


16 June: Borders Book Festival, Melrose


2 August: Bookmark, St Catherine’s Hall, Blairgowrie


22 August: Edinburgh International Book Festival