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Homing Stone by Hugh Lupton at Alstonefield

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The Homing Stone

  • The Homing Stone.

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A tale of love and war will be presented by a leading story-teller in Alstonefield this weekend.

1919: Moscow is under siege and Arthur Ransome (Hugh's great-uncle) has fallen in love with Trotsky's secretary. Somehow they must escape. True stories combine with Russian folk-tales and live music.

Hugh Lupton is one of Britain's leading storytellers and his assured, distinguished style is as captivating as it is thrilling.

He is celebrated for his performances of ancient mythology but here he presents an epic story from more recent times, and with an intriguing family connection.

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Arthur Ransome is well known as the author of the 'Swallows and Amazons' books. What is less known is that as a young man he went to Russia to collect folk-tales and was swept into the turmoil of the Russian Revolution.

During the six years he lived in Moscow he became the only British journalist trusted by the Bolsheviks. He played chess with Lenin and fell in love with Trotsky's secretary, Evgenia Shelepina. In England he was regarded with profound suspicion as a possible Soviet agent.

In 1919, when Moscow was surrounded by counter-revolutionaries, he and Evgenia escaped. They travelled through Estonia with a horse and cart, knowing they would be shot if they were recognised.

Master storyteller, Hugh Lupton (who is also Ransome's great-nephew) tells the epic tale of their perilous and extraordinary journey, combined with a mix of Russian folk tales and music.

Hugh Lupton presents "The Homing Stone" on Saturday (March 15). Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets priced at £9 for adults and £6 for children (aged 12 to 14) are available by calling 01335 310322 or emailing hopedalemusic@btinternet.com

The event will include a licensed bar and Tissington Bangers & Bradwell's Ice Cream will be on sale during the interval.

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