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King’s Lynn Minster talk about Margery Kempe and Fox News journalist jetting in for True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum evening of entertainment

Talks at King’s Lynn Minster will explore the life of Lynn’s famous medieval resident, Margery Kempe, who also features in an evening of entertainment celebrating the town’s history.

All on Wednesdays at 6pm, the series of three weekly talks start next week about Margery Kempe, a mystic, pilgrim and author who was born in the then-Bishop’s Lynn in 1373.

The upcoming talks will be: October 19 – “Talk: The Real Margery Kempe” by Susan Maddock; October 26 – “Talk: Margery Kempe’s Lynn: A Hanseatic World” by Dr Paul Richards; November 2 – “Talk: Margery Kempe: A hysterical exhibitionist or a devout Christian?” by Rev Dr Luke Penkett.

Skirting Heresy, Emily Blake.
Skirting Heresy, Emily Blake.

Meanwhile, True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and King’s Lynn Minster are teaming up to put on an evening of entertainment celebrating oftentimes comical history of the town to be performed at the Minster on Saturday Market Place on Wednesday, November 9 at 6.30pm.

Multi-award winning comedian and author Tim FitzHigham – from films such as Paddington 2 or television shows Zapped and The Windsors – will host the evening.

Characters from Lynn history will be brought to life by local actors. Figures such as William Shakespeare, who supposedly trod the boards at St George’s Guildhall as an actor with the Earl of Pembroke’s Men and Margery Kempe, whose autobiography was the first in the English language.

Tim FitzHigham will be at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in Lynn for Hysterical History; credit: fitzhigham.com
Tim FitzHigham will be at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in Lynn for Hysterical History; credit: fitzhigham.com

The year 2023 marks the 650th anniversary of Margery Kempe’s birth. Emily Blake, who previously played Margery Kempe in a production of Skirting Heresy back in 2018, will be returning in the titular role.

The evening will begin with a lesser known but incredibly funny story from the venue’s own past – The King’s Lynn Sausage Miracle, followed by town historian Dr Paul Richards giving a reading from one of his many books.

There will be an interview panel with the creator of Skirting Heresy The Life and Times of Margery Kempe, Elizabeth MacDonald who will be flying in from New York where she presents The Fox News Evening Edit.

Skirting Heresy, 2018.
Skirting Heresy, 2018.

The award winning investigative journalist from America said: “I am so excited to join my friends in Lynn for this rollicking night of fun and laughter.”

Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and U16s go free. All funds raised on the evening will go to support the Museum and the Minster’s community projects. Tickets available from True’s Yard – 01553 770479 or info@truesyard.co.uk

Or, you can pay on the door.

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