CELEBRATING THE IMAGINATION
March - May 2013 : Frome, Somerset.
The imagination is an instrument of liberation, one to which we all have equal access and which serves to celebrate and enlarge our common humanity.
The main events will take place at Rook Lane Arts, Frome. Award winning authors and poets Sir Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate from 1999/2009); Andrew Miller (Costa Book of the Year 2011, Booker and Whitbread Prize shortlist 2001); Maggie Gee (Orange Prize shortlist 2002); Lindsay Clarke (Whitbread Fiction Prize winner), James Harpu (Poet), John Moat (co-founder of the Arvon Foundation) and international artist Liliane Lijn will take part in a weekend art/literary symposium.
There will also be separate evening events throughout March/April/May. Confirmed participants include Jackie Morris (childrens author/illustrator) ; Zoe Fairbairns (author/poet); Gavin Pretor-Pinney (founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society), Sacha Abercorn (founder of the Pushkin Trust); artist/designer Helen Storey ; environmentalist and founder of Resurgence and The Schumacher College, Satish Kumar; and biologist/writer Colin Tudge.
We are particularly keen to involve children in the celebration and are already receiving the support of local schools. Included in the ‘Celebrating the Imagination’ programme there will be a ’Space to Read’ programme that will involve skills development, resource building and creative interventions designed to inspire a vibrant reading culture; an ABC children’s literary event that will involve workshops with children and children’s authors; and an outdoor literacy programme, called Wild Words, that will take place over the 2013 Easter break.
To involve local authors and poets, a ’fringe’ series of events will take place at Sun Street Chapel, Frome. Confirmed participants so far include Helen Moore, Rose Flint and Niall McDevitt, with more being invited.
Lectures and Performances:
John D Barrow : Are the Laws of Physics Changing?
13 April 2013. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath
Vlatko Vedral : Decoding Reality: the universe as quantum information
20 April 2013. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath
Jack Klaff : 'Bosom Buddies'.
11 July 2013. Rook Lane Arts. (As part of the Frome Festival 2013)
"An entertaining, funny and stimulating performance in which he plays 20+ different roles - including Freud, Jung, Churchill, JF and Jackie Kennedy, Hitler, Stalin, Einstein's daughter"
Other events currently being planned include -
GENERATION NEXT : Sept 2013 : Frome, Somerset.
3 day festival connecting inspiring ideas to everyday life and creating positive values in society.
ALCHEMY: Art, Science, Process, Metaphor
Symposium exploring the intrinsic connection between art, psychology and alchemy.