The Old Woman From Friuli

9781909208407By Ghillian Potts

Illustrated by Ed Boxall

The Duke looks out from his castle, and everything he can see for miles and miles belongs to him. Everything, except one small strong house, with a small garden, two goats and a beehive. They belong to the old woman from Friuli.  The Duke wants that house, but the old woman, she won’t sell. She’s from Friuli, where all the really stubborn people come from.

Review from The Book Bag

I loved this story.

… a clarion call to our daughters… Three cheers, I say!

[4 stars]


A very informal launch reading at Eltham Centre Library, Archery Road, Eltham SE9 1HA on 7th June at  3.45  read by Carrie Cohen. video

BrockleyMax Art in The Park, Hilly Fields Park SE4 on 10th June 2017 at 2.30pm; (Old Woman From Friuli read by Katy Darby) video

Deptford Lounge 5 Giffin Street SE8 4RQ read by Carrie Cohen. video

Stanmore Library, 8 Stanmore Hill, Stanmore, HA7 3BQ on 8th July 2017 2pm The Old Woman From Friuli read by Patsy Prince) Video

Osterley Library, St Mary’s Crescent, TW7 4NB on 22nd July 2017 at 2.30pm (Old Woman From Friuli and BRAT read by Sarah Feathers) Video

West Ealing Library Melbourne Avenue, Ealing, London W13 9BT on 12th August 2017 2pm The Old Woman from Friuli read by Cherry Potts (the author’s daughter) recording

Further readings are at

Manor House Library Old Road SE13 5SY 8th September 6.30pm as part of #Arachne5 5th anniverary celebrations free but book here

Shoreham Word Fest 14th October 2017 11am in the library The Old Woman From Friuli read by Tash Fairbanks free but BOOK here