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Author & Illustrator of Leah's Star

With a story as ancient and familiar as the Nativity, it’s easy to forget the human drama at its centre… a young woman about to give birth for the first time, far away from home, her mother and the women who would usually help her; the older Joseph, concerned for his young wife. By telling the story through the eyes of young Leah, Margaret Bateson-Hill allows the reader to see the humanity of the ancient story.  The Nativity’s innkeeper is often portrayed as a callous businessman, turning the vulnerable couple away. But at the time of the census in Jerusalem, his rooms would have been packed with travellers – not an ideal place for a young woman about to go into labour.  In Leah’s Star, we see his humanity in offering Mary and Joseph a warm, private space in his stable.  Here is a young woman, about to go into labour who is helped by Leah and the local midwife. These details bring the old familiar story to new life.   

Margaret Bateson-Hill will be playing a singing bowl and singing to set a magical Christmas story moment before reading Leah's Star. Karin Littlewood will be then inviting the children to design paper Christmas tree decorations with the illustrations from the book.

For ages 3+

£3.60 per ticket (£3 of the price of the ticket is redeemable off the price of the book)

Admits one child and accompanying adult

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