Edward Carey presents… Edith Holler

Tuesday 8 October
National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
18.30 - 19.30
£ 6.00 - £10.00 (pay what you wish)

Join us for a night of fable, drama, adventure and eccentricity as critically acclaimed author and illustrator Edward Carey takes us back to Norwich in 1901 with his beguiling new novel, ‘Edith Holler’.

Illuminated by Carey’s trademark illustrations, Edith Holler is the entrancing fable of a young woman’s struggle to escape her family’s control and to craft her own creative destiny; a beguiling love letter to the theatre, our fine city and a celebration of the power of imagination.

This event will include an audience Q&A and will be followed by a book signing.


Edith Holler

Norwich, 1901. Twelve year old Edith Holler spends her days among the eccentric denizens of the Holler Theatre, warned by her domineering father that the playhouse will literally tumble down if she ever leaves. 

Fascinated by tales of the city she knows only from afar, Edith writes a play of her own about Mawther Meg, a monstrous figure said to have used the blood of children to make the local delicacy, Beetle Spread. When Edgar Holler suddenly announces his engagement to a peculiar woman named Margaret Unthank, Edith scrambles to protect her father, the theatre and her play – the one thing that is truly hers – from the newcomer’s sinister designs.

Edward Carey is a writer and illustrator who was born in North Walsham, Norfolk, England, during an April snowstorm. He is the author of the novels Observatory Mansions and Alva and Irva: the Twins Who Saved a City, and of the YA Iremonger Trilogy, which have all been translated into many different languages and all of which he illustrated. His 2018 novel Little has been published in 20 countries. His novella The Swallowed Man, set inside the belly of an enormous sea beast, was published in 2022.

He has written plays for the National Theatre of Romania and the Vilnius Small State Theatre, Lithuania. In England his plays and adaptations have been performed at the Young Vic Studio, the Battersea Arts Centre, and the Royal Opera House Studio. He has collaborated on a shadow puppet production of Macbeth in Malaysia, and with the Faulty Optic Theatre of Puppets.