The Land of Oak & Iron

The Courageous Countess

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Mary Eleanor Bowes, sole heir of Newcastle coal czar George Bowes, achieved notoriety in the Georgian era: her true legacy is often overlooked. This illustrated talk by local author Val Scully, presents a new interpretation of her dramatic and significant life, transforming this resilient and courageous woman from victim to feminist icon.

Val is a expert on Mary Eleanor Bowes, having made her the subject of her book ‘My Name is Eleanor’, a fictional story based on real people and events. After submerging herself in the life of Mary Eleanor, Val then wrote Molly Bowes, a story about a fictional character based in the Land of Oak & Iron in the 19th century.

Booking is essential. Tickets are £10 per person and include a glass of Prosecco or juice and nibbles. You will be able to buy these books at a special price of £5 each and have them signed by the author. The bar and shop will be open throughout the evening.

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(Friday) 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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