Festivals news

Dame Janet Suzman at Purbeck Film Festival

PURBECK Film Festival, now in its 23rd year, has an exclusive screening of the 1982 film Priest of Love during the opening weekend celebrations, on Sunday, 20th October 2020. Film director Christopher Miles and Dame Janet Suzman (who plays Frieda, the wife of DH Lawrence) will be at the festival for the event, which is…

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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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Tasty line-up for Yeovil Literary Festival

THE line-up for the 2019 Yeovil Literary Festival, from 31st October to 4th November, offers a rich menu from star food writers to ballroom dancers, musical broadcasters to favourite novelists. The opening day, Thursday, includes a talk by MTV star, the ”Dirty Vegan,” Matt Pritchard, whose book (of the same name) answers the challenge to create…

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Celebrating world cinema at Sherborne

SHERBORNE Rotary Club’s annual international film festival, over the weekend 25th to 27th October, brings some of the best of contemporary and classic world cinema to Sherborne School’s Powell Theatre. Films include, on Friday: The Invisible Guest, The Return and Indochine, a powerful and epic Oscar-winning French film, starring Catherine Deneuve, set in colonial-era Vietnam….

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Classics and more on Purbeck festival agenda

CLIMATE change and the challenges facing the environment are high on the agenda for this year’s Purbeck Film Festival. As always the programme includes new releases, classics and new stars of world cinema and old favourites. The programme, with screenings at the Rex art deco cinema in Wareham and at village halls across the Purbeck…

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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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