On 26 April 1889, an infamous incident took place near Ruardean which has evolved into the question: Who killed the bears? A question which can arouse heated debate between Cinderford and Ruardean residents to this day.
130 years on, Reading the Forest (a project within the Foresters’ Forest programme) is hosting an event at Ruardean Memorial Hall, High Street Ruardean GL17 9US on Saturday 27 April to look at how the story has been represented in literature, drama and film over the years. Free admission. Afternoon teas available.
GFHS will be holding an Open Day on Sunday 28th April (10.00 – 15.00) to celebrate these milestones. The attached flier gives an overview of the events for the day. All are welcome. Entry is free.
The Coleford launch party for Andrew Taylor's new historical crime novel, The King’s Evil, will be held on Thursday 4 April at 6.30 p.m. onwards. Marwood and Lovett return to the ruins of Restoration London. The city's future hangs in the outcome of a royal scandal.
Come and raise a glass to the new book at the Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford GL16 8RH, in the room over the library. There is ample parking in front of and behind the building. Click here for a location map.
Rossiter’s Bookshop of Ross and Monmouth will be there with copies of the novel. Should you wish to pre-order one, click here for Rossiter's contact details. Andrew is of course always happy to sign a book for you!
Note that Andrew shall also be talking about The King's Evil in a separate event at Rossiter's in Ross-on-Wye on Thursday 11 April – details here.
ENGLISH BICKNOR LOCAL
Band of Brothers: Medieval Soldiers in Gloucestershire
With John Putley – in full costume
Bicknor Village Hall
Entry: £2.50, FREE for EBLHG members
– join on the door