AK Blakemore

The Manningtree Witches

County Buildings
In person event
Sun 26 Sep
13:00 UK

Wolf Hall meets The Favourite in a beguiling debut that plunges us into the life of a small English town in the grip of the seventeenth-century witch trials, the young woman tasked with saving its inhabitants from themselves. In Manningtree, depleted of men since Puritanical fever took over and the wars began, the hot terror of damnation burns in the hearts of its abandoned women. When the Witchfinder General arrives and starts asking questions, dangerous rumours surface, making the future as frightening as it is thrilling. It’s a world of suspicion and betrayal, and a story full of contemporary energy and resonance.

About the author: AK Blakemore is the author of two collections of poetry: Humbert Summer and Fondue. She has also translated the work of Sichuanese poet Yu Yoyo. Her poetry and prose has been widely published and anthologised, appearing in the London Review of Books, Poetry, The Poetry Review, and The White Review.

In conversation with Alice Tarbuck, author of A Spell in the Wild.

The Manningtree Witches is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

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