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
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
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
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 https://therebindery.blog/
The Bookband, a collaborative group of book artists www.thebookband.co.uk/
Margaret Castle, bookbinder www.clevedoncommunitybookshop.coop
Bristol Radical History Group, publisher and pamphleteer www.brh.org.uk/site/
Diana Illingworth-Cook, bookbinder
Handheld Press, publisher of forgotten fiction and lost authors.
Shella Parry, bookbinder www.clevedoncommunitybookshop.coop
Two Rivers Paper Co, paper-maker www.tworiverspaper.com/
Jill Vigus, book artist https://jill-vigus.tumblir.com
Café by Neads A Coffee Hut https://www.facebook.com/Neadsacoffeehut
’Sleeping with the Moon’
The Porthole Room, Clevedon Pier
10:15am & 11:15am (duration 30mins)
“One of the most amazing things my ears have ever had the pleasure to hear. Really captivating, just magical”
Kev F’s Children’s Comic Art Masterclass
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. https://www.kevfcomicartist.com
‘Hold On Tight’
Sat 11th 11am-4pm
Circuits of Clevedon
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
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 https://www.authorrhiannewilliams.com
Gill Marshall https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gill-Marshall/e/B09F9YQ73T
Julie Pearce https://www.joolsdesignbecauseican.co.uk
Mark Blackburn www.markblackburn.co.uk
Ana Salote –
Jim Ody www.facebook.com/JimOdy/Author
Hamish MacNil https://www.facebook.com/hmacneilauthor
Fenja Hill –
Teresa Morgan https://www.teresamorgan.co.uk
Fay Keenan www.faykeenan.com
Peter Gibbs www.peterspoetry.co.uk
Ben Banyard https://benbanyard.wordpress.com
Tina Edwards www.tinamedwardswriter.com
Debbie Brooks https://www.facebook.com/DebbieJoyBrookesAuthor
Chrissey Harrison http://chrisseyharrison.com
Alison Knight www.alisonroseknight.com
Jenny Kane www.jennykane.co.uk
Reverend Preben Andersen https://www.onwardsandupwards.org/preben-andersen
Read Easy – https://readeasy.org.uk/
Calne Writing Group – https://www.calnewordfest.co.uk/about-us
Bryony Makes https://www.bryonymakes.co.uk
Bo Bom Gelato https://bobomgelato.com/about
Doris Hatt: Art, Politics and Principles
Sat 11th 11.30-1pm
St Peters C of E Church
1 Alexandra Rd, BS21 7QE
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
Bandstand, Elton Road
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.
Chapel Hill, Clevedon
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
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
2.30 ROCK CHOIR
A section of your old and new favourite
Director Mike Aris
Band Rosalind Moreno Parra
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
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!