In Residence at Benjamin Franklin House

Author in Residence, George Goodwin

George Goodwin MA (Cantab.) FRHistS FRSA is the Honorary Author in Residence at Benjamin Franklin House in London.  He is the acclaimed author of Benjamin Franklin in London, the British Life of America’s Founding Father, which, on publication, was BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book of the Week’ and was well and widely reviewed, including:

 ‘George Goodwin captures as well as any recent biographer just why Franklin’s contemporaries found him so captivating’  —  Times Literary Supplement 

‘Elegantly written, it serves as an enjoyable introduction to Franklin’s time in the imperial metropolis. Replete with anecdote’ —  New York Review of Books

‘’The British Franklin, the subject of this fascinating and detailed biography by George Goodwin, may well be the real Franklin  —  Literary Review

‘A sensitive, moving and finely textured account of Franklin’s years in London’ –  Guardian.  

‘A fascinating perspective”— The Wall Street Journal

George is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.  He is the 2018/9 Dr William M. and Betty H. Busey Family Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon; and a continuing Makin Fellow of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. George was previously a  2014 & 2017 International Fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

George’s other published books are Fatal Colours, Towton 1461, England’s Most Brutal Battle; and Fatal Rivalry, Flodden 1513.   His next book, Christmas Traditions from British Library Publishing, is coming in September 2019.

George is a history graduate of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a Foundation Exhibition.  His home is in Kew, a stone’s throw from the Royal Botanic Gardens.


Lady Joan Reid Children’s Author in Residence, Professor Sarah B. Pomeroy

Professor Sarah B. Pomeroy is the Lady Joan Reid Children’s Author in Residence at Benjamin Franklin House. She is a distinguished Professor of Classics & History, Emerita Hunter College & the Graduate School, C.U.N.Y.

A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University, she is the accomplished author of numerous books, articles, and reviews on the topic of Women in Antiquity, including the classic Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity. She has won many awards, including the Ford Foundation Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Mellon Foundation Fellowship. Most recently, she is the 2018 winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Books Gold Award in the Non-Fiction Chapter Book Category. Her pioneering work has been instrumental in our understanding of women in the ancient world.

In 2014, she became member of the American Philosophical Society – started by Benjamin Franklin himself. Her authorship and extensive experience in historical research makes her the ideal person to bring the history of the House to life in a book for young adults featuring Benjamin Franklin House. 


Playwright in Residence, Michael London 

Michael London is Playwright-in-Residence for the Benjamin Franklin House. He is committed to the preservation of the House and its educational goals. He has written “A Final Plea” for the Benjamin Franklin House and is presently completing two new plays, “He’s Coming Home” and “We are the Franklin’s” for presentation by the Benjamin Franklin House.

Mike is a playwright and the Director of the Ohio Playwrights Circle. He studied for the theatre and playwrighting in a variety of settings including, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in the UK and Ohio State University in the USA. He has a Masters in Screenwriting for Television and Film from Royal Holloway, University of London in the UK.

His plays have been performed in the US, the UK & Canada. His bio-play on Charles Chaplin, SMILE, was a feature presentation at the International Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada.

In 2007 he received a variety of publishing awards for his novel, Dearest. In 2010 he received a Silver Medal Award from the Publishers Association of The West, for the design and editing of a three-dimensional edition of the Jane Austen novel, “Lady Susan”.

His recent play TREASON is the story of Benjamin Franklin and his son William and their estrangement over the War for American Independence. He is currently writing a new play for the Kettering Children’s Theatre.

He has taught playwrighting in a variety of theatrical, university and community settings. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, the International Society of Dramatists, & the Authors League of America.


Illustrator in Residence, Kremena Dimitrova

Kremena Dimitrova is a London based Illustrator/Designer and Art and Design Lecturer/Tutor. She experiments with drawn and painted backgrounds, textures, ephemera, and photographed material, which she often combines into digital collages. Her work is inspired by historical accounts, current affairs, vintage art, folk tales and superstitions, and by her travelling adventures. She makes themed prints, personalised portraits and illustrated merchandise, which she makes and prints in England. Kremena has worked on a range of privately commissioned and self-initiated projects and has had a number of published works. Her work features in print, online, book publishing, design, and advertising.

As well as working to commission, Kremena also exhibits and pursues her own practice. Her current research relates to the museum and heritage sector. She is investigating what kind of learning can emerge from and with illustration practice when interpreting archives and collections. Her expertise and interest in the subject have made her embark on a practice-based PhD in Visualising History at the University of Portsmouth.