Join us in the delightful setting of Holland House, Cropthorne, for a Friendly Lunch, followed by a talk, ‘Canal People’ with Evesham Festival of Words favourite, Tony Conder.

250 years ago, the canal age began. Since then, people have worked boats and carried cargo, managed and maintained the waterway. This talk highlights the variety of work on the canals, the role of women and marriage and peers into all aspects of living on the working waterways. (In their day the boatmen of the canals were really the lorry drivers of today, carrying all kinds of cargo).

Speaker Tony was the museum curator for British Waterways and the Waterway Trust for 25 years at Stoke Bruerne, the Canal Museum, and then at Gloucester, The National Waterways Museum. He has given several talks for the festival – a very engaging speaker whose talks are always well illustrated and full of interest.

A two-course lunch will be served promptly at 1.00 pm but those attending might like to arrive about 12.30 to buy a drink and enjoy the surroundings. The talk will commence about 2pm. Special diets can be accommodated.

Tickets: £18, including lunch, available only from Holland House (Tel: 01386 860330, email:, or online –