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Literary Event, Wed 11 Dec 2019, free entry

Helen Jukes - A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings

Helen Jukes - A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings blends memoir, nature writing and cultural history.

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"These bees were not fuzzy and they were not soft. They were brittle and trembling and when Luke lifted the hive lid they didn't buzz, they hummed – like a machine but more unstable, more liable to volatility. Beneath the lid the space was packed with wooden frames hanging perpendicular to the roofline, each one filled to its edges with comb covered and crawling with bees."

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings blends memoir, nature writing and cultural history. Entering her thirties, Helen feels trapped in an urban grind of office politics and temporary addresses – disconnected, stressed. Struggling to settle into her latest job and home in Oxford, she realises she needs to effect a change if she’s to create a meaningful life for herself, one that can accommodate comfort and labour and love. Then friends give her the gift of a colony of honeybees and Helen embarks on her first full year of beekeeping. But what does it mean to ‘keep’ wild creatures? In learning about the bees, what can she learn of herself? And can travelling inside the hive free her outside it?

Helen Jukes is a writer, beekeeper and writing tutor. Her writing has appeared in BBC Wildlife, Caught by the River, The Junket, Port Magazine and others. Her first book, A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings, was published in 2018 to wide critical acclaim. She lives with her partner on the edge of the Peak District.

Helen will be reading from A Honeybee Heart and then be in conversation with Drs. Polly Atkin and Will Smith.

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Dates Times
Wed 11 Dec 2019 19:00 to 21:30
Doors open 19:00. Event begins 19:30.

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Free entry

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  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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Cumbria

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