The Story of E Nesbit, Larks and Magic, written and performed by Alison Neil.
E Nesbit is credited as the first modern writer for children, who over a hundred years ago put magic and fantasy into children’s literature with ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Five Children and It’.
But Edith Nesbit’s life was more extraordinary than any of her stories. Charming, badly behaved and always up for a lark, she worked immensely hard to keep her unconventional family afloat. Buffeted by unexpected twists and turns throughout her life, her domestic arrangements still seem jaw-dropping, even today. As part of the Bohemian set in turn-of-the-century London, she was a founder of the Fabian Society, and friend of famous literary figures from George Bernard Shaw to Noel Coward. And more than a friend to some.
Once read, her children’s stories are never forgotten. E Nesbit herself was unforgettable too. Come and meet her in this fast-moving and entertaining account of her life, larks, and enduring magic.
Tickets £5, including pre-theatre canapés and a drink.
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