Esther Freud Hosts Midsummer Drinks with Tove Jansson

A celebration of long days and (hopefully) warm nights with conversation and drinks in Fenton House's apple orchard. The evening is inspired by the artist and writer Tove Jansson (1914 - 2001), in particular Jansson’s 'The Summer Book' and a summer trip taken by Esther Freud to the remote island in the Gulf of Finland, where Jansson lived and worked. Freud learnt how, at midsummer, islanders paddle over the sea all night to celebrate with each other, and was startled by the intense joy that those who endure the darkest winters take in the lightest nights. Freud reflects on her experiences on the island and her favourite themes in Jansson’s writing, and talks to other speakers. The ticket price includes drinks, bread and cheese. Booking essential.


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