Blenheim Palace Literary Festival

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Host: Blenheim Palace Literary Festival
Location: St Mary Magdalene Church, Rectory Lane, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UQ
Speaker: A N Wilson, Jenny Uglow

Celebrated novelist and biographer A.N.Wilson discusses his latest novel The Potter’s Hand, with fellow biographer Jenny Uglow. Wilson returns to his roots in Staffordshire, where his father was managing director of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, and explores the lives of members of the famous Wedgwood pottery family. He picks up the story of Josiah Wedgwood in 1774 as he sets out to create a thousand-piece Frog Service for Catherine the Great. The story follows Josiah’s nephew, Tom, as he travels to America to buy clay for china from the Cherokee. Tom is caught up in the American rebellion and falls for a Cherokee woman who ends up playing a role in Josiah’s great creation, the Portland Vase. The Potter’s Hand is a sweeping saga that follows the fortunes of many members of the Wedgwood family.

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