clevedon literary festival

more than words

Programme 2022

Clevedon Literary Festival Programme 9th - 11th June 2022

Thursday 9th June

The Hate U Give 

Thurs 9th June 


Curzon Cinema and Arts 

The Hate U Give & Discussion – 

Starr Carter, an African-American teenager, faces pressure from various communities and tries to stand up for what is right after she witnesses the shooting of her best friend by the police. Elegantly dealing with themes of racism from the perspective of a modern teenager, The Hate U Give also empathises with the universal struggles of growing up faced by every adolescent. Screening at the Curzon followed by a discussion on the topics of the book of the same name, in collaboration with Clevedon School English department.

Cinema entry charges.

Friday 10th June

People Are Cats People Are Dogs – Stepping Out Theatre 

Fri 10th June 


The Theatre Shop 

Five darkly comic Covid era monologues, created by Bristol writer Mark Breckon. Dark satire runs through these linked female monologues from dystopian, Covid haunted nightmares of dogs, cats and giant beetles to the excruciating cringes that sometimes come from working in theatre. Snappy, tightly woven, and occasionally hilarious, this show is a foretaste of the play’s trip to the Edinburgh Fringe later in the season.

 “Pivoted beautifully from humour to sadness to the occasionally shocking moment. Original and engaging series of pieces.”

Formed in 1997, based in Bristol, and with ninety-four productions to its credit, Stepping Out Theatre is the country’s leading mental health theatre group.

The bar will be open for ticket holders

Over The Weekend

More Than Words…Pictures

Sat 11th 10-5pm 

Sun 12th 10-5pm

The Porthole Room, The Pier 

Pier entry charge

Sponsored by Greenfield Acupuncture +

Jo Shepherd is a local photographer with an interest in photographing local events, locations and people. She will be exhibiting photographs of our Lest We Forget event in November 2021, photographs by Ian Knox of live music from our festival in June 2021 and by Chris Taylor of our Live Poetry event with Marvin Thompson in October 2021. An Associate of the Royal Photographic Society Jo “got serious” about her lifelong interest in photography ten years ago. She has also completed and will be displaying studies of venues and the people associated with them. 

Jo will be displaying studies of venues and the people associated with them.

Exhibition of Local Artists’ Works With Polodango 

Sat 11th 10-4pm

Sun 12th 10-4pm


31 Old Church Road, BS21 6NN

Free entry

Paul is an artist and bespoke professional furniture painter who displays contemporary local artworks throughout the year.

Artist in Residence

Clevedon Art Club, with support from the Clevedon Community Bookshop Cooperative, has appointed an artist-in-residence for the duration of the Literary Festival. The artist will be visiting various events, making sketches and taking notes, and using these to create artworks to be exhibited in the town later in the year. If you spot our artist-in-residence please feel free to ask about their work and this project.

Saturday 11th June

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Lucian Freud (2002) with Jonathon Camp 

Sat 11th 9.30am -11am

St Peters C of E Church 1 Alexandra Rd BS21 7QE

Tickets £8

Well-known local art historian and wild swimmer, Jonathan Camp, runs courses and arranges tours to galleries in this country and abroad, as Art Unwrapped.

Lucian Freud (1922-2011) is thought of as one of the foremost British portrait painters of the 20th century, but he was much criticised by the media when he produced this unflattering portrait of the Queen in 2001. Jonathan will discuss his style and technique then tell us about his life, his paintings and his place in the world of contemporary art.

A Celebration of the Book

Sat 11th

Funded by Clevedon Community Bookshop Cooperative 

St Andrews Church

Bookbinders, book artists, paper-makers, book makers, independent publishers and pamphleteers come together to celebrate the ‘book’ with exhibition stalls and sales. Talks and demonstrations:

10.30 – 11.15 Kate Macdonald, Handheld Press, talk on Lost Authors and What to Do with Them;

11.30 -12.00 Jim Patterson, Two Rivers Paper Co, demonstration of papermaking;

12.15-1.00 Rosemary Caldicott, Bristol Radical History Group, talk on Hannah Wiltshire from Walton-in- Gordano;

2.00 The HarpersGardeners, a folk harp recital.

2.30 – 3.15 Chris Arnison, bookbinder, Making the Medieval Book: demonstration on sewing pages;

3.30-4.00 Jim Patterson, Two Rivers Paper Co, demonstration of papermaking.

Festival Café open 10.00 to 4.00 serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, lunches, homemade cakes and biscuits.

Chris Arnison, bookbinder

The Bookband, a collaborative group of book artists

Margaret Castle, bookbinder

Bristol Radical History Group, publisher and pamphleteer

Diana Illingworth-Cook, bookbinder

Handheld Press, publisher of forgotten fiction and lost authors.

Shella Parry, bookbinder

Two Rivers Paper Co, paper-maker

Jill Vigus, book artist

Café by Neads A Coffee Hut

’Sleeping with the Moon’

Sat 11th 

The Porthole Room, Clevedon Pier

10:15am & 11:15am (duration 30mins)

Inspired by a wild camping trip with friends in 2020 ‘when the Covid doors of freedom were flung open wide into the warmth of July’ storyteller Michael Loader set himself the challenge of sleeping with the 12 full moons of 2021 from the minus 3 Hunger Moon of February to the balmy heights of an August Blue Moon in the Valley of Rocks – giving opportunities for new encounters, fresh enquiry and insights into the nature of being human through the hours of darkness into the birdsong of a new morning.
Michael will read extracts from his 12 full moon encounters accompanied by music by emerging and experienced composers.
…‘Underestimating the cooling night and the clear bright moonlight chill, legs shiver and feet quiver in breezy bivvy. The bitter nip wakes me to a watching lunar eye casting silent beams upon my bed. In and out of fitful sleep the air canters down the slope, spewing then rolling over the edge of the foaming combe; ghostly white outlines of horses drift like smoke – couriers of the cold’ … – Extract from April’s Pink Moon
“A rich mix of prose and poetry, lore and legend with something you can’t quite define that drifts through the realms of the imagination”

“One of the most amazing things my ears have ever had the pleasure to hear. Really captivating, just magical”

All episodes can be heard here …



Kev F’s Children’s Comic Art Masterclass

Sat 11th 



Chapel Hill

BS21 7LL

Tickets £7


Well known for his writing and comic strip creations, Kev F Sutherland will teach you everything he knows showing you how easy comics can be. After the end of the Comic Art Masterclass, everyone goes away with a comic containing a strip by everyone in the class plus an individual caricature by Kev F.

Learn everything he knows, so you could leave school and steal his job!

Kev F Sutherland has written and drawn comic strips for everyone from The Beano to Marvel Comics, from Doctor Who to Viz magazine, and most points in between. 

His three new graphic novels adapt Shakespeare with a twist: Findlay Macbeth is a salesman in 1970s Scotland, Hamlet Prince Of Denmark Street is in a punk rock band, and The Midsummer Night’s Dream Team takes Shakespeare’s comedy and turns it into a heist movie. Since 2021 he has published a series of Pop Star Colouring Books, with illustrations and articles on everything from Eurovision and Punk to David Bowie and Rom Coms.

‘Hold On Tight’

Vintage Bus 

Sat 11th 11am-4pm 

Circuits of Clevedon

Donations welcome

Our vintage bus is back, following in the spirit of Doris Hatt’s communist coach, which provided transport for people to enjoy cultural events. Our bus will tour many of the venues in town. 


The bus service will operate to the following times.


St Andrews Church 1100 1130 1200 1230 1300 1330 1400 1430

Triangle (Kenn Road) 1110 1140 1210 1240 1310 1340 1410 1440

Princes Road 1115 1145 1215 1245 1315 1345 1415 1445

Six Ways Bus Stop 1120 1150 1220 1250 1320 1350 1420 1450

Salthouse Fields 1125 1155 1225 1255 1325 1355 1425 1455

St Andrews Church 1130 1200 1230 1300 1330 1400 1430 1500


St Andrews Church 1500 1530 1600 1630

Triangle (Kenn Road) 1510 1540 1610 1640

Princes Road 1515 1545 1615 1645

Six Ways Bus Stop 1520 1550 1620 1650

Salthouse Fields 1525 1555 1625 1655

St Andrews Church 1530 1600 1630 1700

Market Place – Local Authors

Sat 11th 11am -3pm 

The Hawthorns 

18-19 Elton Rd, BS21 7EH 

Outside /free entry

Sponsored by The Hawthorns

A bright and colourful “Marketplace” where authors, illustrators and other artists will gather to share their books, arts and “More Than Words” products.

This is a chance to meet local artists, have a chat and ask them questions.

There will be a raffle, with loads of prizes donated by the stallholders. (It is also hoped there will be a quiz/trail – TBC).

R S Williams

Gill Marshall

Julie Pearce

Mark Blackburn

Ana Salote 

Jim Ody

Hamish MacNil

Fenja Hill –

Teresa Morgan

Fay Keenan

Peter Gibbs

Ben Banyard

Tina Edwards

Gt Aunt Jayne

Debbie Brooks

Chrissey Harrison

Alison Knight

Jenny Kane

Reverend Preben Andersen

Sarajane Aris 

Read Easy –

Calne Writing Group –

Bryony Makes

Bo Bom Gelato

Doris Hatt: Art, Politics and Principles

Sat 11th 11.30-1pm 

St Peters C of E Church 

1 Alexandra Rd, BS21 7QE

Tickets £8

Sponsored by Court Gallery 

Doris Hatt lived her life according to strong principles and on occasions would use her paintings to subtly make a point. The talk will outline her life as an artist in Clevedon and illustrate how she used her art to reflect her views.

The painting is Doris Hatt’s monumental (40” x 60”) work from 1951 titled, ‘The Fisherwomen of Dieppe’, and it is an example of how Doris gave recognition to the difficult lives of working people.

The painting was displayed in Clevedon Community Centre for several years during the 1960s and 70s.

Stephen Lisney co-authored the book ‘Doris Hatt – Revolutionary Artist’ (2019) for the South West Heritage Trust.

Climate Activism for Everyone – Tamsin Omond 

Sat 11th 

Bandstand, Elton Road


BS21 7EH

12 noon -1.00pm


We know there’s a climate emergency but what does that mean we should do? What does a ‘better future’ look like and how do we get there? Having spent over a decade on the frontlines of climate activism Tamsin realised that this crisis is too big for one group of activists to solve. It needs everyone. They will share their experiences – taking action with Extinction Rebellion and organising community-led protests – and invite us to consider, with practical guidance and gentle encouragement, how we might heal our relationships with nature, each other
and ourselves and recommit to our beautiful planet.

Moderator:  Sasha Snow, BAFTA winning film maker, recent film ‘The Trouble Maker”

Since dropping banners against Heathrow Airport’s third runway from the roof of the Houses of Parliament, Tamsin has consistently shifted public conversation on the climate and ecological emergency.

They have organised a number of high-profile protests and been a founding member of Extinction Rebellion.​In 2021 Tamsin stood for co-leadership of the Green Party of England and Wales. They are also active in queer uprising; a theatre maker and the author of two books – RUSH! The Making of a Climate Activist and Do Earth: Healing Strategies for Humankind.

Empowering Children through Books

Four amazing children’s authors of different ages talk about their books, their inspiration and how empowering reading can be. 

Sat 11th


Chapel Hill, Clevedon 

BS21 7LL


Tickets £5

Jamie Russell: Former contributing editor of Total Film magazine turned author and screenwriter; he is the author of the Skywake trilogy published by Walker Books. 

Tamsin Mori:. Tamsin Mori – her debut novel, The Weather Weaver, has been a favourite with young readers and won the Dudley Children’s Book Award. The second book in this magical adventure series, A Gathering Storm, is out now. 

Annelise Gray: Author of the thrilling ancient Roman adventure series Circus Maximus. Written to wishfully see a female jockey win the Grand National – that subsequently happened – and to bring ancient Rome alive for children, it stars humans, horses, and real characters from history.

Laura James: Captain Pug, her debut novel (Adventures of Pug series), was shortlisted 2017 for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Other stories include Fabio:  The World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective and some dogs who start a newspaper in News Hound series. 

Moderator: Alistair Sims

Clevedon Community Bandstand

Sat 11th 


Bandstand, Elton Road BS21 7EH


1.30 Chai For All 

Exciting and entertaining, Chai For All plays Old World Yiddish folk, New World Yiddish theatre songs and jazz-tinged klezmer. A magnificent musical journey from the haunted Eastern European shtetls, through the dimly-lit basement bars of tango-crazed Buenos Aires, to the vibrant neighbourhoods of swinging New York.

Impassioned female vocals lead the party, against a joyous backing of trumpet, guitar and percussion. With fantastic music, brilliant audience rapport and more than a touch of goodtime showbiz, this is a set guaranteed to raise the spirits.

Lineup: Marianna Moralis – vocals, David Mowat – trumpet, Knud Stüwe – guitar, Simon Leach – percussion



40 performers 

A section of your old and new favourite 

Pop/Rock songs 

Director Mike Aris 

Twitter: @RockChoir

Facebook: @TheRockChoir



Band Rosalind Moreno Parra 

Band members:

Rosalind Moreno-Parra-Vocals

Rob Vasey-Guitar 

Carola Hengstenberg-Violin.

Rosalind Moreno-Parra brings a passionate fusion of Ladino, Latino, Tango & Spanish folk. Powerful, haunting melodies, complimented by Rob Vasey-Guitar and Carola Hengstenberg-Violin.

Rosalind Moreno-Parra, is an English-born Spanish singer and Voiceover artist whose mother is from Madrid, Spain.With her band, she brings a passionate fusion of Ladino, Latino, Tango & Spanish folk 

4.30 Django Swing

We are an acoustic trio of two guitars and double bass, playing music in the style of Django Reinhardt and the great Gypsy Jazz players who have been inspired by his music.

The ambience of 1930s Paris

Andy Luton – lead guitar

John Richards – rhythm guitar

Federico Leonori – double bass.


5.30 Chai For All 

2nd set

6.30 Hounds of Lounge Duo

Joanna Swan and Nick Pullin – guitar and vocals.

The Hounds of Lounge duo perform classic songs from the 1930’s to present day. 

with Joanna’s stunning vocals and Nick’s rhythmic and eclectic guitar style, expect Howling Wolf to Kylie Minogue and Peggy Lee to Led Zepplin!