The Dorset Moon at Sherborne Abbey presents Andrew Smith, author of the international bestseller Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth and the BBC documentary Being Neil Armstrong. This celebratory evening to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing will combine lively conversation and Smith’s dramatic reading of his account of the first landing, with music and recently-uncovered film footage from a camera behind Buzz Aldrin’s head as the lunar module descended. Described as one of the books of the last decade this is one not to miss.
Venue: Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road
Tickets £12 from Winstones, or buy online.
Cathy Newman 29th June
Talk and Signing with BBC Songs of Praise presenter Pamela Rhodes. Venue Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens. Tickets £5
A heart-warming collection of songs and poems, advice and tit bits about the glorious, very ordinary, English garden - told through the life of her Uncle Arthur. This is a gardening book, with a story.
In Wilding, Isabella Tree tells the story of the ‘Knepp experiment’, a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex, using free-roaming grazing animals to create new habitats for wildlife. Part gripping memoir, part fascinating account of the ecology of our countryside, Wilding is, above all, an inspiring story of hope.
Venue: Digby Memorial Hall
Tickets: £10 from Winstone’s
Join us for a special event with Professor Geoff Dixon, an acknowledged and internationally respected horticulturist, who will be talking about his new book, ‘Garden Practices and Their Science’.
Venue: Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens
Tickets free of charge from Winstone’s
Presented by Sherborne Literary Society.
Few artists can have revealed so much about themselves and their work through the written word as Vincent Van Gogh, whose letters have been translated, published and re-published many times. With their frequent references to writers living and dead, the letters also reveal a voracious and very serious reader. Indeed books as physical objects appear in many of his canvases. In advance of Tate Britain’s upcoming exhibition Van Gogh and Britain (27 March – 11 August 2019), this talk explores Van Gogh’s literary enthusiasms. It will incorporate readings from his letters and from the works of Dickens, whose preoccupation with the lives of the poor was a formative influence on this most modern of painters. Jenny Newman’s art lectures have become a focal point of Sherborne’s cultural life. We’re delighted that she has found the time between her rambling and her regular programme of talks to contribute to the festival, on a subject close to her heart.
Venue The Eastbury Hotel
Tickets £8 from Winstone’s
Music in the West Country with Stephen Banfield
Venue Cheap St Church, Ticketed Event