Fantastic festival

Fond Memories: Co-organiser and speaker on the life and works of Alison Uttley, Joyce Varty, is pictured with the book A Traveller In Time at the Alison Uttley Festival, Manor Farm, Dethick.
Fond Memories: Co-organiser and speaker on the life and works of Alison Uttley, Joyce Varty, is pictured with the book A Traveller In Time at the Alison Uttley Festival, Manor Farm, Dethick.
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A festival to celebrate the life and work of author Alison Uttley was held at Manor Farm, Dethick, over the weekend.

The main focus of the festival was an exhibition of photographs, writings, letters and memorabilia telling the story of her life and work.

Organiser Gilly Groom said: “It was a fantastic weekend. Sunday was absolutely heaving with people.

“Everyone loved the exhibition and we raised a lot for charity. It was a big success.”

Alison Uttley wrote more than one hundred books, her most well-known being the stories of Little Grey Rabbit and Sam Pig.

Manor Farm was the inspiration and setting for her story A Traveller in Time, and she renamed the house Thackers.

The festival also provided a rare chance to visit Castle Top Farm in Cromford, Alison Uttley’s birthplace and the childhood home that inspired much of her work.