Sarah Perry – Enlightenment

Tickets £11/£9



In conversation with Sarah Hall

The author of The Essex Serpent is back with a story of love and astronomy, told through the lives of two improbable best friends living in the small Essex town of Aldleigh. Chaired by novelist Sarah Hall, Perry will discuss her latest work in which a couple of kindred spirits, separated in age by three decades, are torn between their commitment to religion and their desire for greater understanding of the world. After a series of ill-starred romantic adventures that briefly destroy their relationship, they come back to each other and find a richer understanding of love, the nature of the universe and of their place in it.




‘A book in which everything is kindled into light by Sarah Perry’s rapt, luminous attention: friendship, betrayal, faith, astronomy, the drizzle on the streets of Essex and the heavens above them.’ – Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill


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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.
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Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Theatre, Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


28 Apr 2024


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

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