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The Hemlock Cure 1 RS 700

Joanne Burn

Joanne Burn: The Hemlock Cure

Saturday 21 May | 10.00am-11.00am

£7 Venue: Derby College (DE24 8JE)

Saturday 21 May, 10.00am-11.00am at The Carriage Shop Theatre, Derby College (Roundhouse)

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Based on the real history of Eyam during the Great Plague, The Hemlock Cure is an utterly beguiling tale of fear and ambition, betrayal, self-sacrifice and the unbreakable bond between two women.

Isabel Frith, the village midwife, walks a dangerous line with her herbs and remedies. There are men in the village who speak of witchcraft, and Isabel has a past to hide. So she tells nobody her fears about Wulfric, the pious, reclusive apothecary.

Mae, Wulfric's youngest daughter, dreads her father's rage if he discovers what she keeps from him. Like her feelings for Rafe, Isabel's ward, or the fact that she studies from Wulfric's books at night.

But others have secrets too. Secrets darker than any of them could have imagined.

When Mae makes a horrifying discovery, Isabel is the only person she can turn to. But helping Mae will place them both in unimaginable peril.

And meanwhile another danger is on its way from London. One that threatens to engulf them all ...

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