Join us for lively literary conversation in our Book Group. No need to pre-book, just come along on the night to join in the discussion in the Hurst Room.

This month: The Poet's Wife by Judith Allnatt

Based on a true story, this novel tells of how Patty, travelling home one day, finds her husband, the 19th century poet, John Clare, sitting at the side of the road. He has absconded from a lunatic asylum eighty miles from their home. Patty is devastated to discover that he has not returned home to her, but to search for his childhood sweetheart, Mary Joyce, to whom he believes he is married. Patty still loves John deeply, but he seems lost to her. Plagued by jealousy she seeks strength in her memories: their whirlwind courtship, the poems John wrote for her, their shared affinity for the land. But as John descends further into delusion, hope seems to be fading. Will she ever be able to conquer her own anger and hurt and reconcile with the man she now barely knows.

Thurs 26 March 2020, 6.00pm
Free Entry | Suggested Donation £3