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Between the Chalk and the Sea Book Cover

Gail Simmons

Between the Chalk and the Sea: A Journey on Foot into the Past
In conversation with Christopher Somerville
Literary Lunch Event

Starts at: Tuesday 31 October 2:00 PM
Finishes at: Tuesday 31 October 3:00 PM
Gail Simmons Photo
Tickets: On Sale from Monday 31 July, 9:30 AM

On an antique map in Oxford's Bodleian Library, there is a faint red line threading through towns and villages between Southampton and Canterbury. This line marked a significant, though long-forgotten, road because, when Henry VIII banned pilgrimage in 1538, he ended far more than just a centuries-old tradition of walking as an act of faith.  As Gail Simmons so joyfully shows us, this faint line also provided a valuable chance to rediscover the delight of walking as an escape from the burdens of everyday life.  Winding 240 miles between the chalk hills and shifting seascapes of the south coast, this ancient path took Gail deep into history, exploring our past and telling a story of kings and knights, peasants and pilgrims, of ancient folklore and modern politics.

Tickets can be purchased to just the talk or the talk and the Literary Lunch.
Options are available at the check-out.

Literary Lunch

Our popular Literary Lunch gives you a chance to meet Gail Simmons in advance of the talk - in the relaxed surroundings of the Dining Hall at Cedars House. Gail will join guests for lunch at 12.30pm before the short walk across to Cedars Hall where the talk will begin at 2pm.

Courgette, leek and goats cheese soup, followed by chocolate and raspberry panna cotta with berry compote.
The soup is accompanied by artisan breads.

Please contact the box office on 01749 834483 if you have any special dietary requirements.

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