Book your free day now for children aged 6-13yrs:
Dates: Mon 25th-Fri 29th July, 9am-3pm
Venue: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

School holiday adventure days introduce children to the vibrant narratives of adventure writer Dame Marie, also known as Marie de France. This overlooked writer is England’s earliest known adventure author, a cultural innovator who pioneered a style of writing in her contemporary language: the French of England.

Elucidating life in the one hundred years after the Norman invasion, Dame Marie’s lai stories are populated by a variety of inspirational characters forging a life to be true to self. These diverse stories speak to contemporary experience through female decision making, female writers, young adults experiencing bullying and people challenging conventions that restrict.

Dame Marie sought to write relatable oral stories down and became hugely popular in English courts during her lifetime, especially with female readers says Denis, a monk living in Bury St Edmonds. Today, C21 readers of this C12 writer can find 1066-themed history learning refreshingly extended by these lively ‘lai’ stories. The added bonus is the inclusion of shapeshifters and werewolves, essential ingredients in any adventure story.

Book your free day now for children aged 6-13yrs:
Dates: Mon 25th-Fri 29th July, 9am-3pm
Venue: Hastings Museum and Art Gallery