It seems, at last, some superb summer weather has come along encouraging us to get out and about and enjoy the great variety of events on offer in our neck of the woods at the present time.
Every one I have spoken to thoroughly enjoyed the 40s event last weekend in Lynn town centre and now we have the King’s Lynn Festival in full swing (more on that a little later).
I often mention the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club in my column and I would just like to put on record the pleasure I derived from the recent event held and presented by Sue Burge on Shakespeare in Cinema. It was fascinating to study how Shakespeare has been presented on screen over the years and watch clips, both famous and not so well known. I have certainly plenty of Shakespeare films to watch or re-watch! Visit the club’s website for more details.
Now for my literary spot. Firstly, the next book to read for the Waterstones Book Club is Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I have just started this page-turner and am enjoying the experience. Details of the next meeting are to be announced but it should be held at 4pm on a forthcoming Wednesday afternoon at the Lynn branch in Norfolk Street and coffee, tea or biscuits will be available to help the flow of ideas.
At The King’s Lynn Festival I am looking forward to TS Eliot’s Four Quartets with actress Niamh Cusak and theologian Dr Rowan Williams and also included is cello music by Bach with the accomplished young player Guy Johnston (see my forthcoming review).
I have been contacted by good friends from the King’s Lynn Art Club , which, I understand is Lynn’s oldest art club, and the good news is they are holding their Festival Exhibition at the Old Warehouse in The Arts Centre from tomorrow until Saturday, July 30. This exhibition is well worth visiting and you can do so daily between 10am and 5pm or 2pm-5.30pm on Sunday the 24th. Entrance is free and there will be a wide variety of original work in differing media. Prices will vary, of course! Why not go along and vote for your favourite painting?
Now for some very exciting news ... Phil Brooke, the internationally-acclaimed jazz guitarist is visiting The Fox and Hounds in Heacham. Here is an unique opportunity to hear this brilliant musician and certainly every Norfolk guitarist should get to the gig on Sunday, August, 7; entrance is free and it lasts from 1.30-4pm. Pete Oxborough will play also on clarinet and saxophone and John Clarke from Dereham jazz club is supporting on double bass.
I have been reminded to mention quality musical events coming along soon at All Saints’ Church, Hillington Square, Lynn (details to follow) and to remind readers that due to the great success of KL Festival events and fringe gigs tickets are getting hard to come by!
Several of our local churches and museums will be holding special events coinciding with the Festival and walks, talks, films and all sorts will be held; do visit the Festival website for further details.
Another exhibition not to be missed is that of The West Norfolk Artists’ Association. Their summer festival exhibition starts tomorrow and continues to Saturday, August 6, at St Nicholas’ Chapel in Lynn, with free entry.
Lastly, if you think King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a great locality for BBC Radio 3 to conduct live broadcasts from on the first Friday of September, why not email them and tell them why? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org now!