An Evening with Jackie Malton

At the end of November, we welcomed around 40 people to listen to Jackie Malton, one of our club members and the inspiration of Lynda la Plante’s TV drama Prime Suspect, who talked about her life and experiences in the police force through the 70’s and 80’s. 

With her book being recently launched – “The Real Prime Suspect – from the beat to the screen – my life as a female detective”, it was great to get Jackie to share her perspectives, joined and supported by her co-author, Hélène Mullholland. 

Jackie talked on a broad range of topics, mainly focused around the challenges of being a woman in the significantly male dominated industry that was the Metropolitan Police force back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s – but covered many other aspects including addiction, sexuality, mental health, recovery and her work in supporting prison inmates in their coming to terms with their crimes. 

It was a fascinating hour of talk, with an active and interesting Q&A session afterwards. With the club laying on some food and providing space for people to mingle, chat, and get a chance to get their copy of Jackie’s booked signed.

Massive thanks to Jackie for taking the time to come and share – it was very well received by the attendees and certainly showed that similar events through the season would be well received and supported.

If you have an idea for future events, please let me know.

Will Matthews

Board Director, WVIBC

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