Join us this autumn for an unmissable celebration of the West Midlands’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Ironbridge Gorge.
The Festival of Imagination will showcase the amazing story of the Ironbridge Gorge, past, present and future as it’s never been seen before.
Presented by Ironbridge World Heritage Festival and partners, the programme will see the Gorge come alive with a fantastic fiesta of arts, crafts, culture, virtual reality, music, film, poetry, family-friendly events and food and drink.
Since arriving at the Toppermost of the Poppermost, The Beatles have appeared in thousands of comic strips and gag cartoons. Former Marvel Comics comic book creator Tim Quinn takes a look at 100 of the best….and worst!
Tim Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1953, the very same year Beryl the Peril first appeared in The Topper. Coincidence? We think not! Educated by Irish Christian Brothers whose prospectus boasted, ‘We will instill a fear of God into your child’, it was little wonder Tim chose a life in entertainment.
Starting his career as a clown at Blackpool Tower Circus he then leapt back in time to work on BBC TV’s Good Old Days music hall series where he started writing scripts for top comedians. It was a small jump into the world of comic books where he spent many happy years as scriptwriter, illustrator and editor on such noted titles as The Beano, The Dandy, Sparky, The Topper, Buster, Whoopee!, Bunty, Jackie, Dr Who Magazine, and Whizzer & Chips before heading Stateside to work for the mighty Marvel Comics Group on the world famous Spider-Man, X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
Tim has also worked as a writer for the Guardian newspaper, editor for America’s oldest publication The Saturday Evening Post and producer for LWT’s The South Bank Show (amongst others producing a show on the history of Marvel Comics!).
This event is part of Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend 20-22 September at various venues around the town. Visit www.shrewsburybeatles.com
Gyles Brandreth – raconteur, former MP, One Show reporter, Just A Minute star, and author of the best-selling word-lover’s companion, Have you eaten, Grandma? – has a passion for poetry. His brilliant new book – Dancing by the light of the moon – is both a celebration of the best-loved poems in the English language and a unique guide to the value and power of learning poetry by heart. With the secrets of how to improve your memory (whatever your age) and poetry that’s by turns funny, sad, and moving, Dancing by the light of the moon is a book designed to lift your spirits and change your life.
There can be few more loved characters around than Gyles Brandreth. With his usual mix of funny stories, anecdotes and insights this should be a hugely entertaining evening. We’re delighted to welcome Gyles to Oswestry!
Tickets: £15 (Includes a signed copy of Dancing by the Light of the Moon). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)
Local artist Kate Green is walking the Elan Valley Aqueduct in the summer of 2019. She will be exploring, gathering and sharing stories from places along the length of the 73 mile pipe that supplies Birmingham with water from the Welsh mountains. To celebrate this project we will be hosting Kate and finding out about her adventures and artistic endeavours.
Optional walk for the adventurous 4:30pm – 5:30pm
A stroll to see the pipe architecture around Bleddfa It is advised to wear stout footwear for for steep and uneven ground along with appropriate footwear. Meeting at the Bleddfa Centre.
Talk, supper and entertainment 6pm
Join Kate with musicians Brackenbury and Neilson for an evening of pipe songs and conversation.
This year’s “Fete Anniversaire” celebrates 10 years of the Arcadia Music Festival and the 70th birthday of co-founder Eleanor Alberga. Performed by an ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians, this in-depth fully illustrated talk examines the music of Schoenberg, Messiaen and Shostakovich at this year’s Arcadia Music Festival.
‘Dispatches on The Red Dress’ is a deeply connecting, intimate and courageous new live show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Rowan Rheingans (Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters) who invites you to spend this Remembrance Sunday in a life-affirming musical reflection of history. Adventurous new writing delivered with warmth and compassion characterizes this heartfelt and personal one woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling and poetry with live fiddle, banjo and original songs from Rowan’s genre-melding debut solo album ‘The Lines We Draw Together’ that accompanies this wistful artist’s solo tour.
“Sublime show that celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind, goes on to pack a fierce political punch.” – The Guardian ****
“A beautiful allegory for how the survivors deal with historical atrocity…, horror and beauty co-exist and the titular red dress becomes an eloquent symbol of resilience, but also how the prejudices of the past are sewn into the celebrations of the present.” – The List
“…vivid songwriting…” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Inspired by Rowan’s German grandmother’s stories of childhood under the Nazi regime, it is a poignant anti-war piece, which questions our collective handling of ‘dark histories’ in the present day while shining a light on small acts of resistance, transformation, human empathy and hope.
Rowan’s first solo show has been crafted with dramaturg Liam Hurley (Karine Polwart’s Wind Resistance) and the result is a live experience that sits somewhere between the intimacy and honesty of a folk gig and the more complex, multi-layered textures of innovative theatre. Practically, the show is beautifully simple, inviting the audience into an intimate shared space: just Rowan, her instruments (fiddle, viola, banjos, guitar) and her arresting yet natural and inclusive singing and storytelling voice.
As a testimony to Rowan’s reputation as one of the foremost composers and innovators on today’s folk scene, this project has been funded by grants from Arts Council England, PRS Women Make Music and the English Folk Dance & Song Society. Rowans solo album is due for release on 23rd August 2019.
More about Rowan: www.rowanrheingans.co.uk
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