Poetry has been much on my mind lately, having recently discovered some great poems I had not previously known and finally meeting a literary hero of mine, the Yorkshire poet, writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan.
A very friendly and entertaining man, Ian presents The Verb on Radio 3, 10pm often on a Friday night. I attended and participated in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition and this was broadcast last week. A very exciting day for me!
Just as exciting, I am sure, will be the King’s Lynn Poetry Festival coming up between September 25 and 27. These Lynn Literary events are always very successful and are usually held at Lynn’s Town Hall. This year, participants will include Elaine Feinstein, Tim Liardet, John Fuller, Anthony Thwaite and Kevin Crossley-Holland. For further details visit the festival’s website. A highlight of our local cultural scene!
I have been contacted by Helena Anderson, one of our fine local artists, and a fine friend! She asks me to notify readers of a change in the opening times for the West Norfolk Artists Association exhibition being held at the newly-renovated St Nicholas’ Chapel. Please note that opening hours will be 10am-4pm daily but not now on Sundays. Please go along and support our talented local artists and view the chapel.
What a marvellous weekend we had last week in Lynn, enjoying, as we did, our superb historic buildings during Heritage Open Day, seeing the cool cars in the Tuesday Market Place (James Bond’s machine was really awesome!) and getting involved in all the other activities on offer. Well done to all who helped to put on these events and a special thanks to Alison Gifford and her volunteers for the successful Heritage Open Day. It just gets better and better each year, in my view!
It’s been a time when I have studied the various brochures that have come out recently giving details of events and entertainment in local venues for the period leading up to Christmas. What variety,to be sure! Why not make a date with Emma? This theatrical show sounds intriguing and is provided by The Hotbuckle Theatre Company at Lynn’s Arts Centre on Friday, September 25, at 7.30pm. If you are tempted don’t forget to pick up a copy of the brochure or visit the centre’s website!
Dr Paul Richards has been in touch to tell me that the King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust and True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum are holding a joint fundraising event on October 9 at 7pm at The Hanse House, South Quay. There will be much to enjoy, including a two-course supper, an exclusive auction and music provided by Too Many Whickers; a bar will be available. Tickets are available from True’s Yard and you should get in touch touch now as they are limited! Call on 01553 770479.
It’s important to remind readers of an exciting musical event coming up on the evening of October 10. The newly-formed King’s Lynn Sinfonia will be presenting performances of Organ Concerti by Vivaldi, Handel and Poulenc with local popular soloist Adrian Richards and the conductor for the evening will be Michael Hankinson – a superb musical combination!
Tickets for this event are just £5 at the door and children under 16 go free. A bonus will be a performance of Albinoni’s famous Adagio. The start time will be 7.30pm and you should call on 0757 251 3512 for more information.
Lastly, don’t forget The King’s Lynn Festival Winter Series of events (brochure now out) and a concert of organ and harpsichord music played and introduced by Gerald Gifford at St. Mary’s Church Burnham Deepdale, this Sunday starting at 3pm.