Hugh Lupton: A Severed Head for Halloween (Aylsham Town Hall)
October 31 - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm£5.00
Be transported to 13th-century Wales with Hugh Lupton, a central figure in the revival of UK storytelling. His masterful novel The Assembly of the Severed Head (published by The Book Hive’s very own imprint, Propolis) tells the story of the making of The Mabinogion – an ancient Welsh myth cycle that is the earliest form of prose literature in Britain and an inspirational part of culture for hundreds of years…
If you missed Hugh at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival earlier this year (a sold-out event!), this is your chance to see his spellbinding performance on an appropriately spooky evening…
To whet your appetite for blood and magic, here’s the blurb for Hugh’s novel…
“A small monastic outpost in 13th Century Wales is rocked to its core when a gruesome discovery is made on the nearby shoreline: a severed human head. It’s the first of several to wash up along the surrounding coast, and not long after, the holy brothers stumble across the smouldering ruins of a bardic school with a pile of decapitated bodies inside. Only one survivor, barely alive, is found hiding nearby.
He is Cian Brydydd Mawr, the greatest bard of his age, who holds in his head the four ‘branches’ of an ancient, epic Welsh myth cycle: The Mabinogion. Physically weak but strong willed, he asks the monks to put aside their rigid Christian doctrine and commit his tales (which they see as pagan relics) to parchment. It takes the intervention of a king to persuade them. And as the old poet tells his tales of spirits and shape-shifters, spells and curses, passion and vengeance, no-one in his audience will ever be the same again.”
Hugh will perform selected sections of his story, and discuss his book on stage with Henry Layte (owner of the Book Hive and Propolis).
An absolute bargain at £5 a ticket. As a bonus, the ticket cost can be redeemed against the book (one book per ticket).
If you can make it past the ghosts and ghouls of Aylsham, get to the Town Hall for a 7:00pm start.