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City of Books

Oct 14, 2021

A chance meeting with a professor of circus fired children’s writer Sarah Webb’s imagination and led to her latest novel.

Sarah learned how Ireland had the second circus in the world in the late 1700s, with stunt riding, clowns, acrobats - and bee charming, or riding with a necklace of live bees.

Her novel, The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street (for eight to 12-year-olds), was the result. It blends tenement life in 1911 Dublin with circus life. 

Presented and produced by Martina Devlin

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