Review: The Lowlands at Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2017. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Landscape and how it shapes our lives links the work of three very different writers.

This evening of readings is part of the literary strand of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The lowlands are special places, and their particularity inspires.

Anjali Joseph's fascinating account of two shoemakers makes compelling listening. Joseph sets her book The Living in Norwich and Maharashtra. Her two protagonists share wide skies and shoes.

Essex girl Sarah Perry is on a mission to reclaim her beloved home county from white stilettoed stereotypes. Her novel, The Essex Serpent, draws on myths of salt marsh and estuary.

Absorbing, but hilly, is Lucy Hughes-Hallett's book, Peculiar Ground. Set in Oxfordshire, it chronicles many lives lived in a single house over hundreds of years.

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Isn't it lovely as an adult to sit and be read a story? I could have listened all night.

Eve Stebbing

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