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The work of one of Shropshire’s best-known novelists will be discussed at a free event run by University Centre Shrewsbury this month.

Gladys Mary Coles, Mary Webb’s biographer, and Lisa Blower, the novelist and short story writer who is currently Writer-in-Residence at Shrewsbury Museum, will lead a discussion about the importance of Mary Webb’s work.

People will also have a chance to read and discuss excerpts from Mary Webb’s most famous novel Precious Bane.

The event will run from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday May 21 at Guildhall, Shrewsbury (please note, the venue has moved from Rowley’s House as originally advertised).

A best-selling author of the 1920s, Mary Webb created evocative landscapes and passionate heroines in her novels of rural life. Her work is widely acclaimed and much loved by readers.

Precious Bane, which is set in rural Shropshire shortly after the Napoleonic Wars, was first published in 1924, and dramatised for television in 1989.

English Literature Professor Deborah Wynne, who has organised the event, said: “Find out more about this classic novel’s account of the spirit of rural Shropshire.”

To book places for this event email or call 01743 297185.

Alternatively, people can visit the information point at Guildhall at Frankwell Quay (SY3 8HQ) which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Fridays or Rowley’s House at Barker Street (SY1 1QH) on Wednesdays between 11am and 2pm.

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