An interactive drama workshop exploring the extraordinary life of Oedipus. Left to die as a baby, he returns unwittingly to kill his father and marry his mother in a story that has thrown a shadow over Western culture for millennia. Equally suitable for those revising their Sophocles over half-term and for those who’ve never heard of him.
For more on the company visit kaloi.org, where myths are rescued from dusty books and restored to the public arena, where they belong, and Greek theatre lives again.
Photo: Zoe Norfolk
Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings). Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.
The sensitive handling of difficult subject matter with such beautiful music and Michael Morpurgo's readings make for an uplifting and unforgettable experience suitable for the whole family.
Professor Jean Seaton, BBC historian and author, talks to Paddy O’Connell about her recent book on the turbulent history of the BBC during the Thatcher period, Pinkoes and Traitors, and discusses the challenges of writing a corporate history of a contemporary broadcaster constantly in the public eye.
Not for broadcast.
Climate change is no laughing matter, but when all else fails, perhaps it’s time to take humour a bit more seriously? We really do need something to laugh about.
The novelist discusses his wartime childhood, his early married life and academic career, and the development of his fiction – all of which he explores in his memoir, which covers the years up to the publication of Changing Places.
Why, when so many women are involved in reading, writing and publishing books, are female writers so consistently under-represented in prizes and reviews? What can be done about the problem? Join Kamila Shamsie, author of six novels including the 2015 Bailey's Prize shortlisted A God in Every Stone and Orange Prize shortlisted Burnt Shadows and Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller to discuss the gender bias in literature as well as some radical solutions as to how to fix it. A National Conversation debate chaired by Chris Gribble (Writers’ Centre Norwich).
Follow the pre-event warm-up and discussion on writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/thenationalconversation.aspx and on Twitter using #NatConv.
The Oxford DNA expert tested three hair samples from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The hair samples were from the miogi – the Bhutanese yeti – that legendary creature of the high snows that has haunted the imagination of travellers for centuries. The miogi hairs did not surrender their secrets easily, but eventually two were identified as known species of bear. The third remained a mystery, and the mystery got weirder. Only the increasingly specific evidence of the DNA matters.
Meet the Meek family (Tim, Kerry, Ella and Amy) whose mission is to encourage families to get outside, have adventures and enjoy the outdoors. They will share their own adventures, demonstrate some of the bushcraft skills they’ve picked up along the way and answer your questions. Find out more on www.dotrythisathome.com.
The Meek family will be giving away a freebie adventure goodie bag, supplied by Ellis Brigham, to one lucky member of the audience at this event!
Drawing from the figure in the studio concentrates the mind and can help us to see more and see better; draw what you see, not what you think you know. We will consider how line, tone and composition affect our drawing and participants will be encouraged to draw intuitively, making personal responses to the model in front of them. There will be both long and short poses.
Over 18s only, all levels and abilities welcome
Waterloo was the climactic showdown between the military giants of the age, Napoleon and Wellington, who faced each other for the first and only time across the sodden rolling Belgian farmland south of Brussels on the morning of Sunday 18 June 1815. More than 150,000 French, British, Dutch and Prussian soldiers fought an epic, bloody and decisive encounter that ended the Napoleonic Wars and led to Bonaparte’s final abdication and decades of international peace in Europe.
Peter and Dan Snow tell the story of Napoleon’s 100 Days Campaign, from his Elba escape to his defeat at Waterloo. Their book, The Battle of Waterloo Experience, provides what no other book on the battle contains – removable facsimiles of historic archival documents. You can relive this extraordinary moment in history by holding and examining rare or previously unpublished sketch maps, letters, orders, official papers and proclamations which up until now have been filed away in the National Army Museum’s collections or in other archives and museums around Europe.
Get close to the action by reading the campaign journal of a colonel of Hussars, the Duke of Wellington’s handwritten orders to the commander defending the farm of Hougoumont, the poignant letters written to family and loved ones by officers and men shortly after the battle, the paybook of a soldier of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, and The Times of 22 June 1815, containing a complete transcript of Wellington’s renowned Waterloo Dispatch.
Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant now and receive a free drink on us.
Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh on site by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce. You can view the menu online here.
Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20.
By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink, and guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.
Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer, with a selection of desserts to choose from as well as a full bar and barista coffees.
A stunning shared musical journey with two world class virtuosos – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita. The harp occupies a vital place in the cultures of both Senegal and Wales. The West African harp, the kora, is made from a dried gourd and fishing line; the Welsh harp is one of the most potent icons of a nation steeped in music. Both nations share a centuries-old bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, verse and song.
Please click here to prebook dinner at Relish Restaurant on site.
Photo by Josh Pulman