We’ve been a bit quiet on the music front lately, but are very excited that we will have Lucy Anne Sale, Wes Finch, Jez Hellard and others playing in April – not all at once! Though Lucy and Wes are on the same bill. Thanks to all of them for offering to come and play!
We have Dr Peter Lockyer coming at the end of March to talk about artist and writer Brenda Chamberlain, whose life and work is fascinating. I am also giving art history talks on Northern Renaissance art – currently on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings.
On 8 March, we have Greta Berlin coming to give a talk and sign copies of her book. Greta has been an activist on behalf of the Palestinians for many years, and has much first-hand experience of the situation there. Her book tells her story, and this should be a fascinating event.
We have our twice-weekly film club on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons – join the mailing list (or Facebook group if you are on Facebook) for regular details of what films we are showing. If you want to take pot luck, Sunday films (mostly old classics and fairly gentle films) are at 3pm, Saturday evening films (bit more eclectic) at 7.30, doors open half an hour before – just turn up!
As if all of that were not enough, at the end of April we are putting on a week-long Shakespeare festival, to celebrate the birth of Warwickshire’s greatest son – he’s 450 this year, and still as fresh and meaningful as ever, as one of our speakers, Warwick University scholar Thomasin Bailey, will demonstrate as she considers the question, ‘Why celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday?’ As well as her talk, we have a booksigning with Who Killed William Shakespeare? author Simon Stirling, performances of scenes and sonnets by the Warwick University Shakespeare Society, Elizabethan dance classes with Noël Butler, who has worked as dance instructor and adviser on numerous period dramas, and Shakespeare-based children’s drama workshops with Sam Holley Horseman of Dramalings, her local children’s drama company. We may even have maypole dancing at Abbey End! There will be more besides – films, quizzes and challenges for children (and maybe for adults!), and maybe things yet to be decided. The week runs from 19-27 April – it has its own Facebook page (publicly accessible) and we will produce flyers in due course with the dates and times of the various events.
So do join in with some of these events, it’s all becoming more and more fun as people get to know about us and get involved. We do also sell lots of lovely second-hand books as well!