Shakespeare Rocks! An evening of entertainment

On the evening of Friday 25th August come and join us for a medley of scenes from the works of William Shakespeare performed by The Wordsmiths and Friends. The show includes :

Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and As You Like It

A visit to Shakespeare’s Gardens

Medieval and modern songs and dance

A tribute to the Troubadours

Doors open at 19.00 with Bar and pre show entertainment

Curtain up at 20:00

Just booking for the show? Then contact Kate at and book your place.


Love Gardens? Don’t miss Jackie Bennet talking about Shakespeare’s gardens at Charroux litfest 2017

Jackie will run her workshop at the Charroux festival after lunch on Thursday 24th August.  She is the author of six gardening and wildlife books including Wild About the Garden (Channel 4 Books) and Your Wildlife Garden (2011). She is the former editor of the Garden Design Journal and a writer for the English Garden magazine.

Her writing awards include BBC Wildlife Magazine (1990) and the Garden Media Guild’s Column of the Year (2009). She was the winner of the Barn Owl Trust 2013 Wildlife Poetry Competition.

Her most recent books are The Writer’s Garden (Frances Lincoln 2014) and Shakespeare’s Gardens (Frances Lincoln, 2016) published in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Historical fiction author, James Vance, returning to Charrouxlitfest


 James  will be launching his latest historical fiction novel, The Housekeeper at the Charroux Literary Festival 2017.

James has lived in the Limousin region of France for fifteen years. He has published eight novels ; He contributes to local newspapers and magazines and in 2014, he participated in a four-day spectacular at Bridiers in the Creuse department to mark the centenary commemoration of WWI—an acting role, as a poilu. He resumed a similar role in the 2015 centenary event to mark the end of WWII.


Barbara Erskine attending the Charroux Literary Festival 2017

An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of over 13 bestselling novels as well as several short story collections that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural. Her novels are published in over 30 languages worldwide.  She will talk about her inspiration and her novels spanning the past 30 years from her debut Lady of Hay to her latest bestseller, Sleeper’s Castle.

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Alison Morton returning to the Charroux Literary Festival 2017

Alison Morton, writes the acclaimed Roma Nova thriller series featuring modern Praetorian heroines. She blends her deep love of Roman history with six years’ military service and a life of reading crime, adventure and thriller fiction. All five books have been awarded the BRAG Medallion. SUCCESSIO, AURELIA and INSURRECTIO were selected as Historical Novel Society’s Indie Editor’s Choices.  AURELIA was a finalist in the 2016 HNS Indie Award. The sixth, RETALIO, is due out in April 2017.

A ‘Roman nut’ since age 11, Alison has misspent decades clambering over Roman sites throughout Europe. She holds a MA History, blogs about Romans and writing.

Represented by Blake Friedmann Literary Agency for ancillary rights.

Now she writes, cultivates a Roman herb garden and drinks wine in France with her husband of 30 years.

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