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When We Were Young: Jackanory for Grownups

  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1 Queen Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH2 1JD United Kingdom (map)

Are you sitting comfortably, then we’ll begin…

Join the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for an evening of storytelling for grown-up bookworms with performed readings by very special guests actor and writer Gerda Stevenson and novelist Mary Paulson Ellis.

Inspired by our When We Were Young exhibition we will take you on a journey through humorous and sometimes sinister themes of familiar and lesser-known childhood tales. Excerpts will include: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland; J M Barrie’s Peter Pan; Betsy Whyte’s Yellow on the Broom; Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure; and Tove Janson’s Summer Book.

Followed by Q&A with Guardian and Telegraph columnist Lucy Mangan speaking about the inspiration behind her new book, Bookworm: A Memoire of Childhood Reading (Penguin Random House 2018) and book signing.

Ticket includes complementary refreshment.

Doors open 6pm; event 6.30-7.30pm.

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