Tuesday 28 April 2015

Mayfield Fringe Festival

 Box by Lawrence Wilson, photograph by Lawrence Wilson also.

Mayfield's Fringe Festival has begun again.  This year's events include a re-enactment of a duel that never happened between the poets Ezra Pound and Lascelles Abercrombie.  Apparently, Pound challenged Abercrombie to a duel in 1912, after Abercrombie called for a return to the poetry of Wordsworth.  Now, one hundred and a bit years later we'll see who wins the battle between Modernism and Romanticism.

Our other literary shenanigans include a poetry reading with Robin Houghton, Patricia McCarthy and Jill Monroe on Sunday evening, and a story competition for young writers.

Storytelling is a prominent feature of this year's Fringe with a performance of The Wild Girl of Mayfield, a story by local storytellers Johnny Marsh, Pat Robson and Sam Santo, on Sunday afternoon.  There'll be more tales too at In the Pink, an evening of food, stories and poems at the Pink Cabbage Company Cafe on Friday night.

Visual art lovers will be nourished by the work of Reem and Andy Acason at the Lower Steps Gallery and by the Boxes of Delight that are on display in shop windows around the village and which will be auctioned on Saturday night.

Painting by Reem Acason, photograph by Caroline Pooley
Finally, anyone who likes a hearty chat over a glass of something cheering will be welcome to join Discussions in Pubs in The Rose & Crown on Thursday evening, where the role of the EU will be up for discursive grabs.  

For full details of all the events, take a look at the Fringe website. 

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Ashdown Forest Poet's Walk, 21st April

April is upon us and the primroses are plumply blooming.  Next Tuesday, 21st April, there'll be another Poet's Walk, starting at 10.30 and finishing at 1.30.  Once again we'll be writing, walking, drinking tea and coffee and eating biscuits.  This time we'll be thinking too about forest memories and forest memory.
Everyone's welcome and you can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest Centre on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to conservators@ashdownforest.org.