Helen Rebanks – The Farmer’s Wife

Tickets £11/£9



Helen Rebanks is a farmer, a businesswoman, a teacher, a conservationist and a working mother. From her innovative Cumbrian farm shared with 500 sheep, 50 cattle, 20 chickens, six sheepdogs and two ponies, as well as a husband and four children, Helen, brings us a story that’s rarely told. It’s a tale about the non-stop hard work involved in keeping a farm going and raising a family, about where our food comes from and who puts it on the table. And about what she does at the end of one of those days when she’d much rather punch a cushion than plump it.

Chaired by Gerry Foley




Lovely, warm and real, it made me cry and cook and think.’ – Ella Risbridger

‘It’s quite an achievement to shine a light of truth on the often idealised, always understated, role of the farmer’s wife.’  – Raynor Winn


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Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
  • Hearing loops are available for Theatre and Library events. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book or email: boxoffice@queenshall.co.uk.
  • Tickets cannot be refunded but can be exchanged for other Book Festival events.




28 Apr 2024


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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