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Local authors celebrate Norwich church heritage

On September 10 Norwich based publishers, Lasse Press, are hosting an afternoon of readings by local authors and the launch of a collection of essays for the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, as part of the Heritage Open Days.

On Saturday, September 10, 2pm -4.30pm local publisher Lasse Press will host a free afternoon of readings by local authors featuring interesting, historical true stories, many set within a church context. 

The informal, drop-in event at St Edmund’s (Call to Prayer), Fishergate is part of Norwich Historic Churches Trust’s contribution to the upcoming Heritage Open Days.  It will feature the launch of two new titles for Lasse Press including a second collection of essays for the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, Redundancy and Renewal edited by Nicholas Groves and The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds by Francis Young, an illustrated history of one of medieval England's greatest abbeys. 

Visitors can also enjoy an exhibition called Prayer & Pilgrimage, Past and Present, refreshments, children’s activities and books for sale including the two newly published titles.

The Norwich Historic Churches Trust (NHCT) exists to repair, maintain and manage 18 of Norwich’s redundant medieval churches in order to preserve the heritage of the city.

Susan Curran, Founder of Lasse Press, author and a Friend of NHCT said: “Redundancy and Renewal: Maintaining and Using Historic Churches is the second title for the Norwich Historic Churches Trust focusing on the redundancy process for historic churches, and on their maintenance and reuse subsequently. It draws widely on experience across Britain, with case studies of individual churches, and contributions from the major bodies involved nationwide, as well as looking in depth at Norwich's experience with its unique concentration of medieval churches.”

The programme for the afternoon with approximate timings are as follows:

2:00pm Margery Paston is questioned about her betrothal by Bishop Lyhert at Norwich Cathedral, 1469. Reading by Susan Curran from The Marriage of Margery Paston.

2.25pm Betsy Reading elopes with a deacon, 1774. Reading by Celia Miller from The Amiable Mrs Peach.

2.50pm Joan, Lady Cobham makes a hasty third marriage to a dashing Bohemian knight, 1406.  Reading by Susan Curran from The Wife of Cobham.

3.15pm A clergyman and his wife go travelling in Piedmont, 1829.  Reading by Nicholas Groves from William Stephen Gilly: An Exceptionally Busy Life.

3.40pm Life in Norwich Cathedral Close in the early 1800s. Reading from Celia Miller from The Amiable Mrs Peach.

4.05pm The Duke of Suffolk has the Duke of Gloucester arrested at Bury St Edmunds, 1447. Reading by Susan Curran from The English Friend.

Call to Prayer, St Edmund’s Church, Fishergate, Norwich


Photo: The authors with their books (left to right), Nicholas Groves, Susan Curran and Celia Miller

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