Literary star writes about our history

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Lancaster features in the latest book by literary legend Jeanette Winterson.

The Daylight Gate is a fictional retelling of the 17th century Pendle Witches Trial which took place at Lancaster Castle. Winterson’s first 
novel, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, sits on my list of favourite books of all time.

Many of you may remember her dramatisation of it for BBC TV in 1990 starring Charlotte Coleman – best known for playing Scarlett in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral A ride into the bizarre outposts of religious excess and human obsession , it’s chilling in parts.

But this time Winterson has taken chilling a whole lot further and written a horror novel about the Pendle witches.

The Dukes theatre in Lancaster revived this gripping tale four years ago with Richard Shannon’s play, Sabbat, and again last year for the 400th anniversary of the infamous Lancashire witch trials.

Now Winterson – who was awarded an OBE for her services to literature in 2006 – is receiving critical acclaim for her version of events.

And the spin-off is that Lancaster gets a firm placing in the book of a literary star.