Essex storyteller and author Jan Williams will be bringing spooky goings-on to Brightlingsea Museum, which is opening its doors in a special weekend for the town’s WinterFest.
Jan (pictured) will be launching her new book, The Ghost of Pendlesham Priory, at the museum on Saturday March 5, as part of WinterFest, Brightlingsea’s annual festival of music, arts and spoken word. On Sunday March 6 everyone is invited to come to the museum to tell their own ghost stories, especially if they have a local connection.
Jan, who lives in Brightlingsea, writes on a range of subjects, particularly folk tales, history and witchcraft. “I am so excited to have my book launch for the story of the ghost of Pendlesham Priory in my own home town of Brightlingsea in its lovely museum,” said Jan. “Peter Reilly will be joining me on the Sunday and we are looking forward to hearing people’s ghost stories, especially the ones in locations in Brightlingsea.”
Jan’s new novel features a ghost called Isabel who reveals herself to modern children, showing what life was like in a convent threatened by Henry VIII.
“There is nothing I love more creating pictures of the past and the reign of Henry VIII is my favourite period,” said Jan.
As well as the book launch and ghost stories, there will be lots of activities and also refreshments on offer at the museum, which will be open from 10.30 am to 1.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6.
In a separate event, Jan will be at Wivenhoe Bookshop with her novel on March 12 at 2pm.
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