Sunday 1 Aug 2021 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

‘No matter how many skies have fallen: back to the land in wartime Britain’ Ken Worpole talk

Book cover featuring wartime photograph of two men and two women standing on farm machinery
Nottage Maritime Institute

The Quay, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9BX

Tea and biscuits are included.

Writer and social historian Ken Worpole will be joining us for a presentation and conversation about his fascinating new book on the Frating Hall Farm community, No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen.

On Lady Day, 25 March 1943, a group of Christian socialists and pacifists inspired by religious and communitarian ideals and the writings of DH Lawrence and John Middleton Murry, took possession of a 300 acre farm in Frating, Essex, creating a self-sufficient community of up to 50 adults and children – and a sanctuary for refugees and prisoners-of-war – which lasted for twelve years. The story of this has never been told before.

No Matter How Many Skies Have Fallen recreates the life of the Frating Hall Farm community through the recorded memories of the children who grew up there, combined with archive documents, letters and photographs – creating an enquiry into the passionate ideals of the back-to-the-land movement in wartime and post-war England, especially strong in Essex.

This is an Essex Book Festival Event