Survival of the Tree House

Gill Sans poster (2)We have some wonderful events coming up in the next month at the Tree House – but no one is booking up to come to them.  This is worrying, as without a good response to our events, the Tree House won’t see its first birthday at the end of July.

We have live music from Inlay on 15 April; Inlay are a fabulous four-piece acoustic band, calling in at the Tree House as part of a national tour.  It’s a real privilege to have them play in Kenilworth – please do spread the word, even if you can’t come or if this music is not your sort of thing.

On 2 May we have Michael Burdett coming up from London, where he is a composer (he has written a number of theme tunes for well-known television programmes, including Masterchef), to talk about his Nick Drake project, Strange Face.  He took a lost Nick Drake recording around the country, playing it to people and recording their responses, which he has turned into a book.  Apart from being, in my opinion, Britains’ greatest singer/songwriter, Nick Drake grew up in Warwickshire, so he is a local hero!

Between these two events is our own week-long Shakespeare Festival, with author Simon Andrew Stirling talking about his book Who Killed William Shakespeare? and then returning to give a session to GCSE and A level students, helping them to ‘crack’ Shakespeare; Noël Butler, who is a dance expert who has advised numerous costume dramas on television and film, giving Elizabethan dance lessons; Warwick University Shakespeare Society will be giving performances of Scenes and Sonnets from Shakespeare; Warwick University scholar Thomasin Bailey will be giving a talk; Sam Holley Horseman of Dramalings will be leading children’s drama workshops on Shakespeare; and there will be films, challenges in the shop and more.

Details of all these events, plus an 8-week Mindfulness course, forthcoming papercraft workshops, Crazy Kiln sessions, lectures, film club and more can be found on our Events page above or on our Facebook page.  If you are planning to come to anything, please email or call into the shop or telephone 01926 856843 to book.

The survival of the Tree House depends on people coming to events; if we are not offering events that you would like to come to, let us know!  But we are not currently making enough money to survive, which may simply suggest that Kenilworth does not want a venture like ours – but I think many people would enjoy our events, we just need help getting the word out.  The books are going well, but booksales alone are not going to meet our overheads, which are high.

I leave you with a bit of Inlay to whet your appetites – told you they were fab!

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