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.

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

Further readings are at

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

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

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)

West Ealing Library Melbourne Avenue, Ealing, London W13 9BT on 12th August 2017 2pm The Old Woman from Friuli reader tbc

Shoreham Word Fest 14th October 2017 provisionally 11am, we think inb the library but stilll to be confirmed, The Old Woman From Friuli read by Tbc