There’s now even more to the 2017 Festival

Our special Silver Anniversary brochure has been out on the streets for less than a month and there is now even more news to report!

First, we have a completely new event on the programme– and it’s free. Rafael Klein is an artist who works in different media, from sculpture to painting graphics to artists’ books. His magnificent exhibition of 120 sculptures, entitled Moment to Moment, will be on display in Wells Cathedral from 7 – 25 October and he will be discussing this and his other work in the Festival Marquee at 4.30pm on Wednesday 18 October. Rafael’s exquisite books are hand printed and bound, in signed limited editions, and have been described as sculptural objects in themselves. His talk, which is a free event, promises to be delightful.

On a sadder note we regret to announce that the event with Clare Balding on Sunday 15 October has been postponed as Clare is now due abroad for an unavoidable engagement. We hope to secure an alternative date for Clare’s talk, and are also looking for a suitable author to fill her slot on 15 October. Please keep an eye on the website for news.

Better news, however, is that Mike Brearley, former England cricket captain, confirmed his availability after the brochure was printed. He will be speaking on the first evening, (8pm Friday 13 October) advising us how best to keep ‘on form’.  And his advice is not just for cricketers and sporting enthusiasts. His fascinating book looks at ‘form’ across a range of disciplines – from finance to philosophy; from music to medicine and in many different areas en route.

‘Different’ is a word that has inspired the hugely gifted young presenter June Sarpong. A woman of many talents, June was one of the youngest MBEs, gained a huge following both on the TV series Loose Women and on T4, and is now a presenter on The Pledge, a Sky News favourite where she is equally at home interviewing politicians and popstars. Her most recent venture is an inspirational book called Diversify which asks us to confront the discriminatory views which we often don’t even realise we hold. Never mind ‘six degrees of separation’, she says. Let’s aim for six degrees of integration. June will be sharing many of these challenging thoughts on Wednesday 18 October at 8pm.

Also on Wednesday 18 October at 6pm,  there’s a chance to hear Joanna Moorhead tell us about the Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington. Recently broadcast as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, Joanna’s tales of her ‘wild cousin’ Leonora, known as Prim, provide a riveting insight into the world of Surrealism in the early part of the last century.

With some events already sold out, don’t leave it too long to get your tickets. The 25th Festival is set to be a bumper event.

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