, Kingston, NH

November 8, 2012

'Grail Mania' at HPL

By Janet Eagleson
Carriage Towne News

---- — HAMPSTEAD - “Grail Mania: 21st Century Retelling of 12th Century Heresy” will be at the Hampstead Public Library on Tues., November 13, at 7:00 p.. Join author Diana Durham as she helps the audience act out scenes from her new dramatic retelling of the medieval saga of the Holy Grail. Among the characters featured in Durham’s presentation are the young, impulsive knight, Perceval, King Arthur, Merlin and others from the Arthurian legends.

Diana Durham is the author of “The Return of King Arthur”. She speaks and runs workshops about the Arthurian and Grail legends and what their meaning is. Her audiences range in age from very young to seniors. In addition to her book about King Arthur, she has published two poetry collections. She has also worked with the Angels of Fire performance group in London and founded 3 Voices, three women writers, in New Hampshire. She has just completed a volume of sonnets and is working on another non-fiction book.

She is a graduate of University College in London and has been a visiting research assistant at the Women’s Research Center at Brandeis University.

Come to the library on November 13th to enjoy this interactive talk by writer and poet Diana Durham. Participate in the intriguing story of the quest for the Grail and follow the evolution of the story through the centuries. Learn why it is still relevant to our lives today from this dynamic presenter.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the NH Humanities council and presented by the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library. Refreshments will follow the program. Members of the Friends are invited to stay for the regular monthly meeting of the organization following the program.

RAFFLE BASKET - If you haven’t yet bought your tickets for the raffle that will be drawn at the November 13th Friends program, you still have time. This exceptional raffle offers your choice of item, yarn, pattern and color for something that will be knit just for you by Ruth Paul, the donor of this basket. You decide what Ruth will make for you and you and she work together to choose yarn, color and pattern. Ruth will pay up to $40.00 towards the yarn and she does all the knitting on that item. In addition, the basket holds a knit scarf, yarn, needles, and directions to make another scarf and three (3) skeins of yarn and a pattern to make a shawl. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and are available at the front desk of the library. You could end up with three Christmas gifts if you play your cards right and win the basket.