Tickets for both Pie & Priestley and Curry & Kipling are available from the Elephant and Castle, Lewes, East Sussex.

Pie & Priestley & Night
(Celebrating a Meat & Potato Pie That Defied Hitler and J.B.Priestley’s birthday.

An event with projected images featuring readings and performances from the work of J.B.Priestley, by Bradford based poet and showman Glyn Watkins. Includes a meat & potato pie (or veggie option) and pea supper.

8.00 pm. Thursday 13th Sept.

Elephant & Castle
White Hill, Lewes,
BN7 2DJ ,

Tickets £12.50, inc. supper. 2 tickets just £20. Discount for multiple bookings for this show and Glyn’s Curry & Kipling show at the same venue 4th Oct. Tickets available from venue from 20th Aug. or from soon after.


J.B.Priestley wrote many books and plays, including When We Are Married; An Inspector Calls and The Good Companions, but his finest hour was probably as a broadcaster during the worst year of World War Two, when his Sunday evening Postscript talks on the BBC gave hope and courage to millions. One of the best remembered broadcasts was about a Bradford meat and potato pie shop with a huge, steaming meat and potato pie in the window; a pie that survived the Blitz.

In September of 1940 Priestley visited his home town of Bradford just after it had been bombed. He had been told a meat and potato pie shop with its giant pie steaming in the window had been destroyed, but to his joy he found that the shop was damaged but it had reopened, and the pie had survived to steam again:

‘Every puff and jet of steam defied Hitler, Goering and the whole gang of them. It was glorious.’

Glyn Watkins is the creator of Pie & Priestley and Curry & Kipling Night’s; the UK Hat Throwing Championship; The Little Britton Festival (celebrating the musical coalman of Clerkenwell Green); as well as being the South Milford Poet of Fete and the Bard of the Red Beard at national red headed festivals.