Celebrating the Arts!

It’s been quite a week! Uplifting, amusing, challenging, participative and fun. Most of my attention this week has been on preparing for or attending events which are part of our local arts festival, Arts Alive although the first event I attended was not related – a play just outside the area written by fellow scriptwriter Margaret Graham which had the audience rolling in the aisles.

The following day was National Poetry Day and Dorking is Talking held a special event featuring poetry, food and wine. An evening which featured several local writers and some favourite poems from the poetry canon as well. National Poetry Day was focussed on the theme of Truth which is either appropriate or ironic in the current climate.

Next up, thanks to Brockham Choral Society, was an inspiring workshop and concert with Voces8, probably the UK’s best a cappella group, followed by an evening with Stewart and Carol Henderson organised by Mole Valley Poets and held in Narnia, a pub room entered through a wardrobe – worth visiting https://stewart-henderson.com/shop/ . More inspiration, and some poetry written and shared.

The week was rounded off by a special dinner theatre evening at the White Horse hotel, based on my novel ‘Blessed Assurance’ . Dramatised readings, music, food, wine, discussions; all in all a great evening. We had a good team of actors and musicians, a director with vision in Darren Cheek, and an audience who couldn’t have been more encouraging. Sold a few books too!

All of these events, apart from the first, were put on as part of Arts Alive, our local arts festival – which means there were many other events in the week which I couldn’t get to – and more to come. At a time when the world seems to have gone mad, and when funding for the arts is under threat, it’s good to be able to celebrate a vibrant local arts scene. Let’s make the most of it!

Tony Earnshaw

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