Journeys in sound with Margery Kempe – first autobiography writer, pilgrim and visionary

St Michael’s Church South Grove, Highgate, London

Margery Kempe, born in 1373, was from King’s Lynn (then known as Bishop’s Lynn) in Norfolk. Daughter of an important merchant, five-time mayor of Lynn and Alderman of the prestigious Guild of the Holy Trinity, John Brunham, her book is the first autobiography in English, probably written by a scribe on her behalf (although it’s […]

The Outspoken Pilgrim

Beverley Guildhall Register Square, Beverley

I have been invited to give a lecture recital at the Beverley Early Music Festival about Margery Kempe in this, her anniversary year. Weirdly, it will be in the same venue where I played my Wool Merchant and Harp programme 10 years ago, the marvellously quirky Beverley Guildhall. I will chat about Margery’s journeys, her […]