Friday 17 November 18:00 – 19:00

Entrance is FREE but a ticket is required

Town Hall


£ each

In the hostile terrain of 1950s segregated America, Marceline Baldwin and Jim Jones promise to build a new Eden, based on ideals of fraternity and equality. But every Eden has its serpent.

Having already made headlines as the first white couple in Indiana to adopt a black child, Marceline and Jim adopt five other non-white children and call themselves ‘the rainbow family’. Jones’ following is growing: The Peoples Temple gives hope to the poor, the miserable, alienated and disenfranchised. It soon outgrows Indiana and is uprooted to the jungle of Guyana. But when things start to fall apart, egotist Jim Jones plans a mass-murder suicide mission. Where he goes, everyone must follow, even to the grave...

On November 18th 1978, nine hundred and nine people died in the jungle in British Guyana. Published on the 45th anniversary, Annie Dawid’s compelling story of Jonestown explores the tragedy through the voices of four protagonists - Marceline Baldwin Jones and three other members of the Peoples Temple. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Annie Dawid blends fact and fiction, using real and composite characters to tell a story about the greatest single loss of US civilian lives in the 20th century.

Annie will be interviewed by Alison Gomm.