Music in the West Country with Stephen Banfield
High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter.
The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped.
This contemporary suspense novel is Robert Goddard at his nerve-shredding best.
A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half truths and lies.
Tickets £13 (including glass of wine) from Kennaway House 01395 515511
'The world's greatest storyteller' Guardian
‘Is this his best yet?...Full of sinister menace and propulsive pace with twisty plotting’ Lee Child
House of Gold
Natasha Solomons will be with us at Hunting Raven talking about her new book House of Gold
A Novel in Five Objects: From Cartier’s Belle Epoque Diamond Butterfly to the telegram that brought America into the First World War, New York Times bestselling author Natasha Solomons will give an illustrated talk on how she spins historical research into immersive fiction.
House of Gold, began with the discovery of a portrait of her family in the Frankfurt ghetto. Find out how that inspired a story of money, power and a desperate marriage.
Thise is a free event but space is limited so please book in shop, on the phone, or via email:
The Life of Stuff : A memoir about the mess we leave behind
Susannah will be with us talking about her new book which explores loss, grief and hoarding, through the story of her own relationship with her mother, and her experiences clearing up her mother's crammed and dilapidated house after she died.
A deeply personal memoir about mourning and the shoring up of possessions against the losses and griefs of life, which also raises universal questions about what makes us the people we are. What do our possessions say about us? Why do we project such meaning onto them? And what painful circumstances turn someone who loves their home and the stuff it contains into an incurable hoarder who ends their days in squalor?
This is a free event but space is limited so please book in shop, on the phone, or via email:
How does the machinery of government respond when a King steps out of line?
In this fascinating behind-the-scenes account of the royal abdication crisis of 1936, Adrian Phillips reveals the previously untold story of the hidden political machinations and insidious battles in Westminster and Whitehall that settled the fate of the King and Mrs Simpson.
Tickets £13 (including glass of wine) from Kennaway House 03195 515511
Tyler Keevil, author of No Good Brother will be at Hunting Raven Books presenting dramatised readings with musical accompaniment from his brother!
This is a free event, call in or phone us on 01373 473111 to book your place!
No Good Brother:
Tim Harding has spent the fishing season in Canada working as a deckhand, making an honest living. When his hot-headed younger brother tracks him down at the shipyards in Vancouver, Tim senses trouble.
Quick-witted and beautifully observed, No Good Brother is an exquisite portrait of brotherly love and loyalty, examining the loss of innocence and the ties that bind us.
Join award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph for a roarsome Dinosaur Juniors event. Hear Rob talk about how he became a children’s author and illustrator, listen to him read from his latest book ‘Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday’ and take part in creating some dinosaurs of your own! After the event you will have the chance to purchase a copy of Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday and get it signed by Rob. For ages 3+.
Come and meet the authors of The Awful Killing of Sarah Watts Mick Davis and David Lassman on Tuesday the 3rd of April at Hunting Raven Books
A true-life Victorian murder whodunnit based in Frome with more twists than a crime thriller and a cast of characters fiction writers would be pressed to equal...
Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start. There will be refreshments. Please call 01373 473111 to book a place for this free event.
The Bob Symes Memorial Lecture- Arranged by the Sid Vale Association and National Trust Sidmouth Centre.
Eminent paleontologist, natural historian writer and broadcasterr Richard Fortey presents a lecture from his recent bestseller The Wood For The Trees.
'Wonderfully readable' BBC Wildlife Magazine
£3 - On the door, all welcome.
Venue Cheap St Church, Ticketed Event
Join broadcaster and science communicator Dallas Campbell for a talk and Q&A about his new book AD ASTRA: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet.
Dallas will be well known to audiences as presenter of Bang Goes The Theory, The Sky at Night, Stargazing live and many more.
Copies of Dallas's book, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.
‘The next best thing to actually heading off into space.’ – Jim Al-Khalili
‘A must have volume for astronauts and armchair astronauts alike.’ – Helen Sharman OBE
This event is part of FUNDAY at the Norman Lockyer Observatory. Adults £8 Children free. Cash on the day or book on www.normanlockyer.com.
Can we resurrect dinosaurs, Jurassic Park-style? Are we living in The Matrix‘s digital simulation? Do aliens with acid blood exist somewhere in the universe? Will we ever go back and visit 1955? And just why were the original Planet of the Ape movies so terrible?
In Science(ish), Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks confront all the questions that your favourite movies provoke. Inspired by their award-winning podcast, this popular (hopefully) science (definitely) book dedicates each chapter to a different sci-fi classic, and wittily explores the fascinating issues that arise.
Covering movies from 28 Days Later to Ex Machina, this is a joyous ride through astrophysics, neuroscience, psychology, botany, artificial intelligence, evolution, and plenty more subjects you’ve always wanted to grasp. Now’s your chance: stylishly designed and illustrated throughout, Science(ish) is the perfect gift for every curious mind.Tickets £3 on the door (redeemable off of a book purchase)
Venue: Kennaway House
We're delighted to be welcoming bestselling author Victoria Hislop to Sidmouth for a special Autumn Sun, Sea and Books Sidmouth Literary Festival Event.
VICTORIA HISLOP wrote The Island in 2005, after being inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller, The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, which was then shortlisted for a British Book Award. This confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. The Sunrise, published in 2014 and Cartes Postales from Greece, published in 2016, were both Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers. The paperback of Cartes Postales from Greece is published on August 10 this year.
Venue and tickets TBC
Come and meet author and grief psychotherapist, Julia Samuel. She will be giving a talk and signing copies of her bestselling book Grief Works. Doors will be open at 6.30 pm for a 7pm start. This is a free event. Please contact the shop on 01373 473111 for a place.
Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground innovators to pop icons many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to challenge the political and social order – and to prop up the status quo.
Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Dave Randall uses his insider’s knowledge of the industry to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. It is a book of raves, riots and revolution and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few.
Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He has toured the world playing guitar with Faithless, Sinead O’Connor, Emiliana Torrini and many others.
"A deeply intelligent look at music and society. Thought provoking, readable and clever" Mark Radcliffe (BBC 2 / 6Music)
"A terrific, exciting book, weaving together music, politics and worldwide struggles". Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (writer and journalist)
"A thrilling trip through the dark corners and secret gardens of the music world" Maxi Jazz (Faithless)
Steve Roude - Folk Song in England
5:30-7:00 pm Arts Centre Talk: History of Folk Song In England. To celebrate the publication of his book, Folk Song In England, by Faber, in August 2017, Steve Roud will talk about how traditional song developed in the period before 1950. Lecture and Q & A. Introduced by Derek Schofield. W £10
9:30-11:00 am Arts Centre Talk: Broadsides and the Folk: Street Literature meets the Oral Tradition presented by Steve Roud. We will investigate the history and development of street literature, and assess its effect on the folk tradition. Lecture. Q & A. W £10
12:00-1:30 pm Kingswood & Talk: The Carpenter Collection Goes Live by Julia Bishop and Steve Roud. The great Devoran Hotel, folk song and drama collection made by J.M. Carpenter in 1930s Britain has lain inaccesKingswood Room sible for decades. Now it’s available on the updated Vaughan Williams Library digital archive. Discover more about these exciting developments and the collection’s riches. W £10
In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music - but one of the great musical discoveries of the early twentieth century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music which was easily good enough to stand comparison with those of other parts of Britain and overseas. Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger, and a number of other enthusiasts gathered a huge harvest of songs and tunes which we can study and enjoy at our leisure.But after over a century of collection and discussion, publication and performance, there are still many things we don't know about traditional song - Where did the songs come from? Who sang them, where, when and why? What part did singing play in the lives of the communities in which the songs thrived? More importantly, have the pioneer collectors' restricted definitions and narrow focus hindered or helped our understanding?This is the first book for many years to investigate the wider social history of traditional song in England, and draws on a wide range of sources to answer these questions and many more.
Thomas was one of the organisers of the first Womad Festival, held in 1982. That first event was an artistic triumph but a financial disaster. Womad survived, just, and Brooman went on to help organise more than one hundred and fifty Womad Festivals all over the world.
Now he has written a book, My Festival Romance, about his lifelong passion for festivals and for music.
At this session Thomas will tell some of the truth about his adventures and speak about the enduring importance that festivals hold for many of us.
The session will be moderated by fRoots editor Ian Anderson.
Join us for a talk and book signing with Debbie Holt and her new book 'The Dangers of Family Secrets'
Doors 6:30pm 7:00pm start
`I look back at our married life and I wonder if there was anything real about it at all...'Genealogist Freya Cameron has the perfect life. A devoted husband of nearly thirty years and career driven, successful twin daughters. But what if it's all a lie?So skilled at excavating her clients' family histories, Freya has no idea why her family are so cold towards her.
They know something she doesn't and are determined to make her pay for it. But sometimes secrets are better not left untold. The Dangers of Family Secrets is a gripping story about trust, love and the destructive effects secrets have on a family.
This is a free event but please book your place in the shop or call us on 01373 473111
There will be refreshments