What’s On

Literary Festival; Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink
Feb 22 @ 19:00

Not Falling Apart and Broken Hearts – Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing.

This engaging and thought provoking talk between Christina Patterson and Cathy Rentzenbrink is not to be missed. Christina’s book ‘The Art of Not Falling Apart’ was picked as an editor’s choice in The Bookseller and there have been extracts and related features in The Sunday Times, The Observer, Woman & Home and Red. Cathy Rentzenbrink is the author of “A Manual for Heartache”. In this book she describes how she learnt to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again. She explores how to cope with life at its most difficult and overwhelming and how we can emerge from suffering forever changed, but filled with hope


Literary Festival; Amanda Prowse
Feb 23 @ 14:30

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing by Amanda Prowse.

Amanda’s stories have amassed thousands of 5 Star ratings. Writing powerful and compelling gritty contemporary fiction, Amanda’s stories feature an ordinary woman who is overtaken by extraordinary circumstances. Amanda’s readers identify strongly with the underdog character and follow the protagonist on a rollercoaster of a journey that will take them through the entire range of human emotion. The road might not be easy and the subject matter sometimes difficult but the underlying message will be positive and uplifting making the reader realise that whatever their personal issues, they have the strength to overcome more challenges than they ever thought possible.

Literary Festival; Dr Helen Parkhurst
Feb 23 @ 19:00

“Deeds Not Words”, by Dr Helen Pankhurst.

Talk, Q&A and Book Signing.

“Deeds Not Words” reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there. Each of the five chapters within the book explores a different theme; politics, money, family & identity, violence and culture. The voices of both pioneers and ordinary women are woven into the analysis which ends with suggestions about how to better understand and strengthen feminist campaigning and with aims for the future.
Helen is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia. She has extensive media experience including national and international radio and print interviews, and was involved in the 2015 film Suffragette.

Photography: Virginie Naudillon

Literary Festival; Sunny Ormonde – One Woman Show
Mar 1 @ 19:00 – 21:30

Sunny Ormonde – One Woman Show

Sunny has been playing the “outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy” in Radio 4’s The Archers for the past 18 years and has become one of the listeners most favourite characters!

Her antics have kept the nation gripped and entertained, whether it be riding round Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drinking the Bull and Cider shed dry with Eddie Grundy, absconding to Costa Rica with her beloved and very recently departed Tiger! (Oh the louse!) or recklessly kicking off her sling-backs and leaping into bed with Tigers brother Paul- Not to mention the Knitting, the Collagen, Calendar Girls and furlong frolics (and almost wedding) with Justin Elliot !

In this show, Sunny will fill you in on all the behind the scenes stories about the Worlds longest running soap opera- an evening of anecdotes, banter, and favourite pieces from Sunny’s long and distinguished acting career- humorous and touching in turn.
PLUS a Q&A session with the audience about the making of the Archers- now in its 68th year. Where did that laugh come from? Did Victoria Wood really pull a pint in the Bull? How big are Toms sausages?And last but not least –A prize for the most original Archers question!!! There is something for everyone!

“Sunny dances in and out of Lilians character with ease, but also with Drama….Shirley Valentine…..Under Milk Wood……stories and anecdotes galore…….an evening to remember!”
You don’t have to be an Archers listener to enjoy this highly entertaining evening!