the front cover of Adam Henson's book. it's a blue background, with flowers and plants and a large golden circle in the middle, flanked by two magpies. It says 'Two For Joy: The untold Ways to Enjoy the Countryside' in white text across the middle

28 April 2023

Two For Joy: Adam Henson and the Untold Ways to Enjoy the Countryside

8pm - 9pm

Chipping Norton Literary Festival, Oxfordshire

Join me for an evening talk with Adam Henson, the Countryfile presenter and the owner of Cotswold Farm Park, about his new book Two For Joy. We’ll explore each season and discover the ways we can reconnect to our countryside. From what’s happening on farms to what you can find growing in hedgerows, from countryside superstitions to reviving lost traditions. It’ll be an uplifting evening with a passionate guide to the nature that surrounds us!


30 April 2023

The Ship Beneath The Ice: The Discovery of Shackleton's Endurance

1pm - 2pm

Chipping Norton Literary Festival, Oxfordshire

In 1915, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, was lost beneath Antarctic ice. Remarkably, he brought all his crew to safety. More than a century later, the Endurance22 expedition located and surveyed the lost vessel. I’ll be in conversation with Mensun Bound, Director of Exploration on Endurance22, to hear Shackleton’s story and the no less remarkable account of his own team’s expedition.


the cover of the book The Ship Beneath the Ice, showing a stark image of the Endurance in the Antarctic Ice
Mary-Ann performing to an audience around a glowing open fire inside a thatched hut

26 May 2023

Saxon Kings and Ice Age Magic: archaeological stories at Butser Ancient Farm

4pm - 6pm and 7pm - 9pm

Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Hampshire, PO8 0BG

Join me for a live storytelling performance at the Butser Ancient Farm thatched Great Roundhouse, around an open fire.

It’s a magical experience to hear live stories in such an amazing venue! Mammoth bones, human skulls, a glorious helmet buried in an ancient ship…Together with award-winning storyteller Jason Buck, I’ll be bringing these treasures to life, sharing the real archaeology behind the discoveries and then we’ll be performing original, imaginative live storytelling in a tradition that reaches into our very distant past.

We weave together fact, fiction and ancient myth to tell vivid and original tales about these amazing finds – Gods and magic, hunting and history, these tales breathe life back into the distant past, bringing a voice to ancient people whose names are now lost to time.

Entertaining, intriguing, and occasionally bizarre, this is a unique journey through 15,000 years of British archaeology.

We’re performing at 4pm and 7pm

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