Val Scully

Val Scully

Val is the author of three historical novels, a biography and a non-fiction account of the history of Gibside, the Bowes family estate in the north of County Durham.

Her first novel, Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree, is set just after the First World War in rural Lancashire. She had plans for a follow-up, but became entirely possessed by the story of Mary Eleanor Bowes, ancestor of the Queen. My Name is Eleanor was published in 2016.

The sequel, Molly Bowes, picks up the story of the Bowes family in the aftermath of Eleanor’s dramatic life and takes us to the creation of the famous Bowes Museum by way of the Peterloo Massacre.

Speaking at: The Courageous Countess: the life of Mary Eleanor Bowes, botanist, Durham heiress and the inspiration for “Barry Lyndon”, Sunday 11.00 – 11.50 in the Ken Wade Theatre

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