Fifty years ago a remarkable book was published that explored the life of a country GP and his relationship with his patients. That book was A Fortunate. Written by the acclaimed artist, critic, novelist and broadcaster John Berger, with photographs by Jean Mohr, the book would, for years to come, become recommended reading for trainee doctors. The book was about a real GP living and practising in the Forest of Dean. On Friday July 7th Reading the Forest’s Jason Griffiths and Roger Deeks will be delving into the book and the real lives behind it: the authors, the doctor, and the Forest community where the story unfolds. With lots of opportunity for questions and discussion, the project will also be looking ahead to a bigger event in 2018 and seeking people's recollections of the making of this book, the village, and it's doctor. On the night there will also be copies of the book available for loan to anyone who would like to read this fascinating book and write a short review for the Reading the Forest website. The talk is part of The Coleford Festival of Words and takes place at Coleford Baptist Hall. Tickets cost £3 on the door, or £2 booked in advance (via Eventbrite, Coleford Library or Coleford Tourist Information).
Coleford Festival of Words 2017 programme of events is now available. Time to book your tickets!
This year's Coleford Festival of Words has a real blockbuster feel about it. As well as high profile stars - poet Hollie McNish, comedian, actor and writer Miles Jupp, best selling crime writer M R Hall - there's a wealth of workshops, writing competitions, and locally focused talks and celebrations. Project Adorno bring their thought provoking and entertaining show Dennis Potter in the Present Tense, and the festival marks the 50th anniversary of John Berger's book A Fortunate Man about a St Briavels doctor. And to round it all off a celebration at Hopewell Colliery marking the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter. Lots to see, hear and do - find out more online via Coleford Hub or pick up a flier from your local library.