It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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Anna Beer


Thu 07 Mar 2019 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The George Hotel
Price: £11

Anna Beer

Patriot Or Traitor: The Life & Death of Sir Walter Ralegh 


29th October 2018 marked four hundred years to the day since one of the most charismatic and controversial figures in English history was executed in Old Palace Yard, Westminster.

Sir Walter Ralegh was an adventurer, a poet and a writer. A man who loved maps, words and silk stockings as much as he could successfully steer a fleet of ships; his social quickwittedness and charm propelled him to become one of the most successful in the Tudor court. It wasn’t long before Ralegh was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth; one of the trusted few permitted to enter The Privy Chamber, the sacred place where she would take refuge from all others. The Queen did not just trust Sir Walter, she depended on him, exploiting his particular set of skills in war and peace, in
England and far away shores. So how could a man once considered favourite find himself consigned to the Tower by her successor? Should his legacy be fame or infamy? In this history that unfolds with all the pace of contemporary drama, historian Anna Beer seeks to uncover the truth about this problematic national hero who in his own lifetime polarised opinion, and whose legacy remains profoundly controversial to this day.

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