Jennifer Knights came to UEA as a writer of poetry and fiction. She chose the Biography and Creative Non-Fiction MA strand as a challenge to her creativity. In the past two years she has submitted historical pieces concerning family members who unsuccessfully forged a Will in the 1820’s and her grandfather (a First World War gunsmith). She has also written memoir – covering the course of a pilgrimage – and a polemic arguing the case for assisted dying.
Her dissertation was based on an investigation into the life of a clown, Marcus la Touche, an eccentric entertainer born in 1909. Norwich Museums hold many of Marcus’ artefacts including his incomplete, unpublished autobiography.
During her time at UEA she has been privileged to have a monologue performed at Norwich’s Sewell Barn Theatre and has recently been published in Mslexia magazine.
 Norfolk and Norwich Museum Ref: NWHCM: 1987.77 Running to a mere fourteen pages it ends around his seventh birthday. Spelling, punctuation and capitalisation are all somewhat random. This is reproduced in the quotations which are signified by italics.
photo c. Simon Linger