Festivals news

Celebrating laughter and storytelling

SALISBURY’s Celebrate Voice festival, running this year from Friday 25th October to Saturday 2nd November, is not only a celebration of the musical voice in all its aspects – opera, jazz, choral, folk – but of spoken word, comedy and story-telling. This year’s festival takes place in the glittering setting of the pop-up Wilson’s Piccolo…

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Environmental issues high on Purbeck festival agenda

CLIMATE change and the challenges facing the environment are high on the agenda for this year’s Purbeck Film Festival, with a surprise late addition to the programme, The Big Dry, a 25-minute documentary from ABC television in Sydney, which will be screened at Durlston Park, on 23rd Wednesday, before Blue. The Big Dry focuses on…

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Ships of Heaven

BROTHER and sister will be on stage at Cedars Hall, Wells, at noon on Sunday 20th October, when newsreader Julia Somerville interviews her brother Christopher about his new book, Ships of Heaven, about this country’s majestic cathedrals. The event is part of this year’s Wells Festival of Literature. Christopher Somerville, the walking correspondent for both…

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Forkbeard at the 10 Parishes Festival

THERE is a rare chance to meet the extraordinary Brittonioni Brothers at this year’s 10 Parishes Festival, when their creators, Forkbeard Fantasy bring their best-known creations to Kingsmead School at Wiveliscombe, on Sunday,15th September at 7.30pm. The evening, in conjunction with Exmoor’s always adventurous film society Cinema Obscura, brings the natty pair of film-makers, with…

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All human life at Wells LitFest

HAVE you ever bought a camel (by accident)? Who is “a cross between Leonard Cohen and Daffy Duck? How much do you know about Thomas Cromwell (and what’s his connection to Somerset)? The answers to these questions – and more – will be found in this year’s packed Wells Literary Festival, running from 18th to…

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Championing children’s reading

THE new Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, creator of the much-loved How To Train Your Dragon series, will be one of the highlights of this year’s Bath Children’s Literature Festival, from 27th September to 6th October. And she will be in good company. She is the 11th writer to hold the title, in an illustrious line-up…

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Star speakers at Dorchester LitFest

THE fifth Dorchester Literary Festival, from 12th to 20th October, has a stellar line-up of speakers. There will also be a special appearance in November at Thomas Hardye School by Carol Ann Duffy, reading from Sincerity, her last collection to be published during her time as Poet Laureate. “As usual we’ve tried to create a…

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Save the date for Bath Festival 2020

THE dates of the 2020 Bath Festival have been announced –a ten-day celebration of music and books, opening with the traditional free Party in the City on Friday 15th May and culminating in the bank holiday weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May. The festival will once again be a rich kaleidoscope of events,…

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