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Talk by Richard Benson

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Richard Benson “The Valley: A Century in the Life of a Family”


Wednesday 21st May, 7.30pm. Talk starts at 7.30pm, Doors and Bar open at 7pm


Talk by one of our very own…Richard Benson, journalist, blogger and author, cum Sunday School teacher…awarded much praise for his previous book “The Farm”…has now published a book on the history of four generations of my mother’s family in the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire.

The Valley lets us into generations of carousing and banter as the family’s attempts to build a better and fairer world for themselves meet sometimes with triumph, sometimes with bitter defeat. Against a backdrop of underground explosions, strikes and pit closures, these are unflinching, deeply personal stories of battles between the sexes in a man’s world sustained by strong women; of growing up, and the power of love and imagination to transform lives


“This rare and finely tempered work serves up a devastating combination of memory and imagination … The Valley is a landmark history” – Literary Review


“The Valley” has already achieved a lot of attention and is Book of the Week on Radio 4 next week…starting on Monday 28th at 9:45am and repeated every evening, as well as being serialised in the Daily Mail.


Tickets: £10/£8 concession available to book below


All proceeds go towards community outreach projects supported by The Friends of St Mary’s.