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Lesley Smith ‘Witches of Manningtree’ & Jan Watts -Poet Laureate

October 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This really will be an evening to remember with the always popular Lesley Smith (who returns to the Festival yet again due to popular demand) and the always entertaining Jan Watts.

Come and have fun with Jan Watts, former Birmingham Poet Laureate with her feet firmly on the ground. Jan is ready to share her work, from poetry about raising a five year old as a grandparent to extracts from her hilarious novel Benches. Always busy, somehow she is just completing a PhD at The University of Birmingham.

The Witch of Manningtree performance is given by the Tutbury Castle curator Lesley Smith and is a dark story based on real events that took place in Suffolk, England. You should be prepared for scenes that are distressing and contain some violence. The history of witchcraft in England in the 17th Century is both gripping and fascinating as you will discover.

Not suitable for those who shock easily, have a nervous disposition or for under 18s.


October 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Please note that since this was added to the calendar stuff may have changed.  It’s not my fault, it just happens sometimes.