Performance about female enclosure and agency in Battersea, London

This new play, vessel, might be of interest to Margery Kempe Society members. It runs from 6th to 24th November 2018.

New play adaptation of the life of Margery Kempe to be performed in King’s Lynn


On Saturday 22nd September 2018, ‘Skirting Heresy’, a play based upon the life and times of Margery Kempe by Elizabeth MacDonald, will be performed in the King’s Lynn Minster. The play is a community event, organised by the True’s Yard Museum. Tickets are available for £5 via this link:

Please join me, and many others, to see what looks to be a wonderful ‘encounter’ with Margery.

Laura KW


Margery Kempe’s commemorative bench is unveiled in King’s Lynn

Lynn bench unveiling

On Friday 27th July 2018 Margery Kempe was officially commemorated in King’s Lynn via the unveiling of a newly-designed commemorative bench. The event was attended by many, including Society member and editor of the Oxford University Press translation of The Book of Margery Kempe, Anthony Bale. Susan Maddock, another of the Society’s members, led a Margery Kempe-inspired tour around Lynn after the unveiling. See the link here for the write-up in the local press:

Margery Kempe Studies in the 21st Century, April 2018

This landmark conference was organised by Laura Varnam (Oxford) and Laura Kalas Williams (Swansea), and took place on 5th to 7th April 2018. A link to the conference website and programme is here:


Margery Kempe memorial bench: Invitation to the grand ‘unveiling’

The Margery Kempe Society members are duly invited to the unveiling of a commemorative bench in King’s Lynn on 27th July 2018. Refreshments will be available after the short ceremony. If you would like to attend please email Helen Russell-Johnson directly: The Society’s very own Susan Maddock will be leading a ‘Margery Kempe walk’ around King’s Lynn after the opening.

bench unveiling invitation


Margery Kempe at Leeds IMC 2018

Sanctifying the Crip, Cripping the Sacred: Disability, Holiness, and Embodied Knowledge [Session No: 1108 – Wednesday 4 July 2018: 11.15]
‘Translations of (Dis)Ability, Disease, and Digestion in The Book of Margery Kempe’.
Katherine Gubbels, Memphis College of Art.

Women, Memory, and Literacy: New Approaches [Session No: 1326 – Wednesday 4 July 2018: 16.30]
‘Look, No Hands!: Literary Production through Memory and Memorization in The Book of Margery Kempe’.
Einat Klafter, Tel Aviv University.

Mysticism and Hagiography [Session No: 1610 – Thursday 5 July 2018: 11.15]
‘Being Her Own ‘Creature’: Memory and The Book of Margery Kempe’.
Azime Pekşen Yakar, Hacettepe University, Turkey .

King’s Lynn Heritage Open Day 2018

This year the King’s Lynn Heritage Open Day will be held on Sunday Sept 16th, 10am – 4pm. Many historic buildings will be open for free. There are usually about 45-50 buildings open and lots of entertainment will be happening in the public spaces.