We are delighted to be in a position to offer two paid freelance roles, thanks to a grant from the Quartet Foundation. These are for a Programming Coordinator and a Marketing Coordinator.  Follow the links to find out more - job descriptions and how to apply.
Marketing Coordinator
Programming Coordinator
Closing date for applications is 1 July 2024.

 

 



 

 

Save some energy for the 'final act' of our Summer Festival- live music courtesy of Clevedon Community Bandstand!
Kicking of at 4pm with local school children led by master percurssionist Alphonse Touna Alphonse. Come see the musical fusion of West Africa and Year 5 St Nicks! Percussion performance by children from St Nicholas Chantry Junior School.
Now a Clevedon legend, the seriously talented Jonah Hitchens will be on at 5pm. Settle in, relax, and bring your dancing shoes!
At 6pm, experience a unique opportunity to enjoy life-affirming, healing music from a rich cultural tradition in an iconic setting. Suntou Susso is from a renowned kora-playing family going back some 700 years.
Finally, at 7pm, Alphonse will return to the Bandstand, with Helele.  Famed for their infectious rhythms, Helele have supported well known artists such as Hugh Masekela, and performed at major venues including Glastonbury, Marlborough Jazz Festival and London’s South Bank Centre.
All that music + food and drink, including Clevedon Distillery, Ganley & Naish cider, The Cake Engineer and more.

Hare-raising antics in Alexandra Gardens (30 March 2024)

Michael Loader and Tom Veck entertained a crowd of children and adults with their words and music in Alexandra Park, and even the sun managed to put in an appearance.  A delightful re-telling of a Brer Rabbit (or is it hare?) story had everyone engaged, with plenty of opportunities for the children to join in the fun!  This is the second outing for an Easter storytelling event and it is fast turning into an annual fixture in the LitFest calender.

 

 

 

 

 


The Four Reasons - Spring Awakening (21 March 2024)

The first of our seasonal offerings at Theatre Shop popped up just like  many of the spring flowers, the audience were wowed by poems from Tennyson to Plath and stories to stir us all from our winter sleep...'great evening, enjoyed the mix, the tales, the poems and the music'.

In conversation with: Julia Bradbury (5 June 2024)

An audience of over 300 people packed the Curzon for this fantastic opening event of our 2024 Summer Festival.

Julia Bradbury joined Pauline Cox (nutritionist) for an evening of conversation that covered everything from the benefits of spending time in nature and walking for health, humourous confessions of her 'sugar addiction', and  practical tips from her own experience of building nature into her everyday live - eating well, sleeping well and moving more.

The evening ended with the whole audience joining Julia in some energetic moves to music - truly a memorable experience!  And afterwards a large queue formed to meet Julia, as she signed her book, 'Walk Yourself Happy'

As someone commented, it was "educational and eye-opening, made me think of a better way to live" and at least two of our team were up early the following day feeling inspired "to have a morning walk & enjoy the light".

 


 

A virtual “Poets’ Walk” call for poets
This is a callout for locally-based poets who would like to respond to themes inspired by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s associations with Clevedon. The curated poems will be used to build a located audio walk accessed through the smartphone for the upcoming LitFest. The walk will be triggered on location on a route (to be decided) in Clevedon, but certainly involving the existing Poets’ Walk.
The themes we wish to explore are:
1 Themes of loss as explored in Tennyson’s poem In Memorium for his friend Hallam, who is buried in St Andrew’s churchyard.
2 Themes of the music of nature as explored in much of Coleridge’s work and – specifically – in his conversation poem The Aeolian Harp, written in the early days of his marriage to Sara when they were living in Clevedon.
From these two great poets’ historical associations with the town, we wish to create poetic dialogues on the theme of the poems most associated with the place. Poets may approach either or both of these themes with reference to the body of each poet’s work or the history of their time, or the locations the walk touches, see map on Discover Clevedon website (Poets walk - downloadable pdf). We are looking for lively and interesting contemporary work that is based on the poet’s real experience and works well as audio (SFX and music may be added).

Timeline -
April 2nd 2024: Call for work - extended to 7 May
April 30th 2024: Deadline for first drafts
May 14th /May 21st 2024: Online workshopping of chosen poems
June Festival 2024: Demonstration of app and Exhibition of poems (Clevedon Library Saturday 8 June 10am-11am), plus 'Walk the Poets'
- join the creators of the new Poets’ Walk app for an informal social walk along Clevedon’s famous path (meet at Marine Lake steps 10am Sunday 9 June)
September 2024: Launch of final working app
Expressions of interest and poems to : martin.rieser@gmail.com

Our annual fund-raiser Literary Quiz Night on 1 May was a great success.  Thirteen teams battled it out and the winners, team name 'Literally Amazing', secured the top spot by half a point - congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who came along to The Salthouse Bar & Restaurant and supported us. We hope that you had as good a time as we did. 

Also, a big thank you to The Salthouse for hosting us and for donating a prize for the raffle.