Completed events 2018
Here are some events you may have missed in 2018.
Closing date 1st May
'Six Word Story Competition'
The big Cotswold & Vale Magazine challenge for the 2018 Festival is Six Word Stories. We asked you to produce just six words to tell as impactful a story as: “For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” Your masterpiece didn’t have to be as poignant as this one attributed to Ernest Hemingway. The Competition is now closed to entries and judging is now completed. The six gold star winners, and other finalists will be on display shortly in Evesham Library, and the six gold star winners are being treated to reverse graffiti treatment in Evesham – see below for just some examples!
Thursday 11th January
'Evesham Abbey - its appearance, disappearance and legacy' with Tim Porter
Popular local speaker Tim Porter got our 2018 programme off to a great start with what was a fascinating talk, entitled ‘Evesham Abbey, its appearance, disappearance and legacy.’ A joint event with Holland House. “Fascinating talk – an engaging speaker, and learnt a lot.”
Tuesday 30th January
'Presenting your work - tips for the terrified!' with Sue Ablett and Sue Johnson
For folk who were keen on writing, but terrified of presenting or talking about it, Sue Ablett and Sue Johnson shared some of the tricks of the trade to help overcome those nerves. “Thoroughly enjoyed this Workshop and got an awful lot out of it. Can thoroughly recommend.” (Sara Downing)
Monday 19th March
'Stories in a Flash' with Sue Johnson and Roz Levens
‘Stories in a Flash: how to create micro stories for maximum effect! Award winning writers Roz Levens and Sue Johnson provided advice on how to create publishable flash fiction that can act as springboards to longer pieces of work. Writers who complete stories inspired by this workshop will be invited to read them at the ‘Flash Fiction & Afternoon Tea’ event in the Almonry Garden on Sunday 1st July.
Tuesday 27th March
'The House of Beaufort and the Battle of Tewkesbury' with Nathen Amin
Nathen Amin gave a packed crowd a fascinating talk about ‘The House of Beaufort and the Battle of Tewkesbury‘, a talk which explord who the Beauforts were, and how the family was destroyed at the Battle of Tewkesbury, bringing to a bloody end the family’s 100-year existence.
Tuesday 24th April
'Where is Mrs Christie?'
What an amazing evening – Liz Grand as Agatha Christie is outstanding! In 1926 Agatha Christie was at the centre of a mystery as perplexing as any of her fiction; a series of events that sparked one of the biggest and most extensive manhunts in history. Her crashed car was discovered in Surrey and the famous author was missing, presumed dead by many, for eleven days. When she was later found at a luxury hotel in Harrogate, the author claimed to be suffering from amnesia and remembered nothing. Neither the press nor the police believed her… “Liz Grand as Mrs Christie was a real tour de force. A brilliant evening!”
Event kindly sponsored by Richmond Villages Wood Norton.
Thursday 3rd May
'I am John Clare'
A fantastic performance by Robin Hillman of the peasant poet, John Clare. After years of being addicted to ‘poetical prosing’, John Clare, known as the peasant poet, found himself committed to Northampton General Lunatic Asylum in the closing weeks of 1841. We joined him there on the night of 8th March 1860. A really thought-provoking event, much enjoyed by all – the Almonry was the perfect venue. “A brilliant evening. Look forward to Robin returning next year with one of his other plays.” (Sue Johnson) “What an amazing event and performance – well done for finding such an incredible performer.”
Tuesday 15th May
'Great Big Poetry Read'
Calling all poetry lovers! Who knows what the collective noun for a collection of poets is – best guess so far, a posse! Wallace House played host to the Great Big Poetry Read, when about 25 poets, with a wide collection of themes, and writing styles, all came together to perform their work. Local singer’songwriter, Colin Pitts, also performed. A delightful afternoon!
Thursday 24th May
'Up with the Lark'
With a new venue and event for 2018, we enjoyed a wonderful 2-course asparagus supper in the lovely setting of Ellenden Farm Shop/Cafe, Harvington. Supper was followed by Evesham’s very own ‘Countryfile Farming Hero, 2015‘, Joan Bomford, talking about her book ‘Up with the Lark: My Life on the Land.’ Well into her 80s, Joan is still running her farm single handed – a fantastic advert for a healthy outdoor life! And she shows no signs of stopping! (“A wonderful evening – Ellenden was the perfect venue, Joan was fabulous, and there was a lovely intimacy to the evening. And a great supper too! Look forward to another Festival event here!”)
Thursday 14th June
'Laurie Lee - The Lost Recordings'
David Parker has been a film producer for many years, making films for BBC, ITV and Channel 4. In 1994 he made a TV programme with Laurie Lee to mark his 80th birthday – quite a coup as Laurie did not ‘do’ television! David interviewed Laurie about his life in the Slad Valley, and the influence of the landscapes and memories of his childhood on his subsequent writing. David introduced the recordings, talked about how the film was made, and then showed the 30 minute film.
“We are new to Evesham. This is our third festival event – all have been brilliant, so different and in every case the venue has been just right. Looking forward to our next event.”
“A fabulously engaging speaker and what a coup getting to make that film – stunning imagery, and lovely to hear Laurie speak.”
Friday 15th June
Festival Bookshop Launch
Over a glass of wine a good sized audience enjoyed the lovely atmosphere of the Almonry as they listened to readings from a range of local writers. Writers reading on the night were: Kevin Brooke, Tracey Bryant, Lynn Forth, Sue Johnson, David Simson, Bob Woodroofe, Debbie Young. Local singer/songwriter, Colin Pitts, performed songs from the new CD, ‘A Town Like Evesham’ (by Colin Pitts, Sue Johnson and Bob Woodroofe). The Bookshop runs for a month and is also stocking books by: Ali Bacon, Heather King, Marissa Knight, Matthew Coles, Jo Rowe, Polly Stretton, and Margaret Taylor.
“What a lovely evening – a really good mix of pieces and personalities and well curated.” (Debbie Young)
“A lovely, friendly evening – loved the mix of readings and songs.”