The Knighton Festival is now in its 4th year, and we have been busy booking
speakers for what promises to be another great programme.
This year we plan to hold a mixture of live and on-line events during the first week in October.
The Festival gets off to a rousing start on Friday October 1st with an Open Mic
Night featuring local musicians at the Community Centre.
Bringing us back to earth, the theme for the following day is Climate Change
and the Environment and we have assembled a panel of leading scientific
experts to discuss this topical issue, including Gabrielle Walker, author of "The
Hot Topic, how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on".
There will be extracts from The Carbon Chronicles, an opera about oil and
climate change written by Camilla Saunders; and a presentation from Knighton
environmental group TVEG.
Emma Stibborn RA will discuss her work depicting landscapes affected by
climate change. Printmaker Andrew Baldwin will discuss the techniques he
uses for non-toxic etching and Thomas Perceval, a young artist from Presteigne
will be showing and talking about his extraordinary paintings of trees.
We have included lots of poetry: a selection of writers will read their poems
from Seren Books’ landmark anthology, 100 Poems to Save the Earth. Deborah
Alma will be discussing her work at the Poetry Pharmacy in Bishops Castle.
Then, to celebrate National Poetry Day, we will be joined by the Marches Poets
at the Tuesday morning café at the Comm on 4th October.
Details of the closing weekend are still to be finalised, but fans of crime novels
will not want to miss the panel of Welsh crime writers discussing their new
books. We are also thrilled to be joined by Tim Barringer from Yale University
to discuss the Pre-Raphaelites and contemporaries, focusing on works in the
Birmingham Art Gallery
There will be an opportunity to join a series of guided walks led by the East
Radnorshire Ramblers; plus a chance to go fossil hunting with eminent
geologist Joseph Botting; and an informed tour of Knighton’s architectural
history with John Davies.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for up-to-date announcements
of speakers and events. Full details of the programme will be available shortly.
Following the success of last year’s festival that was held virtually due to the Coronavirus restrictions, it has been agreed that there should again be a festival this year.
Successive weekends have been chosen for holding the festival in October, on two Saturdays, the 2nd & 9th.
A steering committee has been formed to oversee the festival, and is looking for volunteers to join an enthusiastic and energetic team committed to delivery a varied and entertaining programme of events.
At the moment, the plan is for the festival to be delivered virtually, but this may well change depending upon how circumstances develop during the coming period.
Anyone interested in sharing in this exciting project can contact Knighton & District Community Centre for further information. Knightoncomm@gmail.com