Gothic Chills

Saturday 22 May 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Assembly Rooms
£10 (excl. fees)
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Bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Macneal excels in dark atmospheric storytelling: richly imagined and revelling in the gothic and grotesque. Shining a light on the plight of women with limited means in Victorian England, her new book is both gripping and unsettling. Circus of Wonders introduces us to Nell, a violet picker set apart from her community by the birthmarks that speckle her skin, who is sold by her father to Jasper Jupiter’s Circus.

Join this fabulous author as she talks to Jo Nadin about the craft of stepping back into the past.

Follow on Twitter: @esmacneal

Event information:
This event will be socially distanced. Our venues were built by previous generations to house large gatherings, so they are adaptable for use adhering to socially distanced rules, with their spacious rooms and high ceilings. Further instructions of audience guidelines will be communicated closer to the festival and will adhere to the government guideline. Audience and artists’ safety is paramount. To read our COVID secure guidelines, please click here

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Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Mcneal

Elizabeth Mcneal photo credit: Mat Smith


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