On the week that marks 75 years since the discovery of Bella's remains, join us for a cosy gathering to celebrate all things Bella, including drama, poetry, music, an expert Q&A panel and a film screening...all in one evening!


With speakers promising to share some BRAND NEW information in relation to the mystery this looks set to be a fascinating and entertaining evening for all. 


There will also be opportunities to buy Bella inspired books, DVD's and CD's throughout the evening


What's On (more to be added soon...)

Bella in the Wych-Elm? 

introduced by Director Tom Lee Rutter

This fascinating 36 minute ‘folk mystery phantasmagoria’, written, directed, and edited by indie filmmaker Thomas Lee Rutter, is an atmospheric, silent journey into what may have happened to the poor woman in the wych-elm.


Learn more about Tom's work here: http://carniefilms.blogspot.com

Q&A Panel discussion

hosted by Jayne Harris (Producer of Who put Bella in the Wych-Elm? - the untold secrets and local researcher)

Hear fascinating insights into the case from those who have researched and been inspired by it! 

Against a backdrop of original photographs ask those burning questions and be part of the discussion, or sit back and absorb the debate!

There will be an opportunity to meet the panel members throughout the evening, purchase their books, DVD's and talk more.

Panel members


Andrew Sparke (author of Bella in the Wych-Elm? - in search of a wartime mystery)

Tom Lee Rutter (Director and Producer of Bella in the Wych-Elm)

David Taylor (author and researcher)

Joyce Coley (local expert and author of Bella: an unsolved murder)

Pete Merrill (local author and researcher)

David Moore (Researcher and Lecturer on Witchcraft and Paganism)

Poetry Reading

Nellie Cole

Black Country poet Nellie will share with us some of her Bella inspired poetry from a collection she recently completed.

The collection is a poetic sequence, with an intertextual blend of literary allusion, local history, folklore and superstition, examining the theories of Bella's identity, the clues and evidence that remain, and the ongoing legacy she still holds in the local area. 

We're very much looking forward to hearing some of these!

Youth Drama Performance

Pupils of Perryfields High School

Inspired by the story of Bella, pupils developed a school production giving us their own take on events. Includes some excellent scenes of witchcraft and espionage! A real treat!

Live music

Clem Dallaway

Redditch based musician and songwriter Clem will be performing original songs inspired by Bella in the Wych-elm!


CD's will be available to purchase

'Thule to the Fire’ - short story

Read by Author Darren DeToni

A wonderful short story inspired by the Witchcraft theory!


talk by Author Pete Merrill

After years of painstaking research, Pete, along with son Alex, will this year release his debut book and will share with the audience his discoveries which we are told look set to entirely change the course of Bellas story and open up brand new lines of enquiry!

Tickets £8 per person available from Dudley Borough Halls website HERE

or by calling the Box Office on  01384 812812