Festival In The Clouds

Clevedon's Virtual Literary & Arts Event

Previewing the More Than Words Festival - June 2021

Welcome to our exciting Festival In The Clouds, which gives a taste of some of the many creative talents past and present associated with our lovely seaside town of Clevedon.

And remember, you can come back again and again, as our virtual festival will be available here until the end of November.

We are now starting to plan for 2021 and look forward to seeing you all next year. If you’d like to contribute by performing or joining the planning team, please contact us at: clevedonfestival@gmail.com

Our sincere thanks go to everyone who has contributed and to Clevedon BID, Books On The Hill and the Clevedon Community Bookshop for their support.

We would also like to thank the technical team, who have made this online festival possible.

Rich Stevens of Anorak Cat
Peter Gibbs
Simon Shaw
Ken Wheeler
Tom Knott

Kev F Sutherland

Kev Sutherland’s Comic Art Masterclass

The Comedy of Hamlet – Prince of Denmark Street. A masterclass with Clevedon-based graphic artist Kev F Sutherland.

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Remembering Artist Doris Hatt

Adrian Webb tells of his family friendship with this Modernist artist, feminist
 and forward thinker, plus a South West Arts video from an acclaimed 2019
 exhibition and reading of Doris Hatt’s script for a 1953 Woman’s Hour

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How I saved Harry Potter

Barry Cunningham, OBE, reveals how he gave J.K.Rowling her big break at Bloomsbury after Harry Potter had been rejected by Penguin and many other publishers.

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© Kym Grimshaw

The Curzon – from Titanic to Pandemic

Chief executive Susannah Shaw unveils the fascinating history of one of the oldest continuously-running purpose-built cinemas in the world, with a contribution from Aardman’s Gromit.

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Clevedon School – Singing & Playing Together

Pupils perform their charity songs created in spite of lockdown with an introduction by Sam Thomas, Head of Valley House.

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Alfred Tennyson

Tennyson’s Poem, In Memoriam A.H.H.

Julia Hallam Elton of Clevedon Court introduces excerpts from Tennyson’s immortal poem In Memoriam A.H.H., which he dedicated to his friend, Arthur Hallam, buried in the town’s St Andrew’s Church.

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Lucy Diamond photographed at home for Pan Macmillan.

A Conversation with Lucy Diamond

The Sunday Times best-selling author talks about her prolific writing career, with well over 100 novels and children’s books published. She is also one of the authors behind the internationally best-selling Rainbow Magic series, as Daisy Meadows.

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Clevedon Pier from Finzel's Look-out

In The Footsteps of Poets

Poets from Clevedon and further afield read a varied selection of their writings.

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Photo credit: Groves Nurseries, Bridport, Dorset.

Clevedon Violets

Discover the fascinating story of the beautiful flower that won the heart of Queen Victoria and watch an episode of the BBC’s Victorian Flower Garden featuring the woman who helped save it from oblivion.

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Julian Hight – Britain’s Forest Story

Julian Hight talks about his forest book accompanied by specially-written forest music.

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William Makepeace Thackeray by Jesse Harrison Whitehurst (1819-1875)

Jane Lilly – Clevedon’s Literary History

Local historian Jane Lilly unveils the town’s links with many literary figures, including poets Coleridge and Thackeray and authors J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Mollie M Kaye, Jean Saunders and Susan Sallis.

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William Shakespeare

A Further Taste of Shakespeare

A unique take on the Bard of Avon performed by members of St Andrew’s Church, Clevedon.

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Paul Dodgson portrait

Paul Dodgson – On The Road Not Taken

Writer, musician, radio producer and teacher Paul Dodgson’s revealing memoir here illustrated with songs and readings.

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Producing books for adults with dyslexia

Authors Chrissey Harrison & Joel Cornah join Clevedon independent bookseller Alistair Sims to discuss producing books for this overlooked category and Chrissey previews her debut novel, Mime, out in June.

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Kat Orton (1)

Katharine Orton – Writing an Adventure Story

Author Katharine Orton tells about the creation of her book, Nevertell, a gorgeous, snowy adventure, set in the wilds of Siberia and full of magic and wonder for junior readers.

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The Story of Swimming

Susie Parr, author of the Story of Swimming, unveils the history of this healthy pastime from the Romans to the present day enthusiasts, who enjoy the waters of Clevedon’s Marine Lake and the Bristol Channel throughout the year.

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20191021 - Jane Duffus Book Launch Old Vic by @JonCraig_Photos 07778606070

Jane Duffus – The Women Who Built Bristol

Jane Duffus talks about the inspiring women who fought to shape not only Bristol, but also surrounding towns, including Clevedon.

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Sue Medcalf

Sue C. Medcalf – Itchybald Scratchet

Children’s author Sue C. Medcalf reads extracts from her popular books for younger readers and tells how her much-loved character was created after a conversation with her sister about badgers digging up her back garden.

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Drone survey of Clevedon Pier

Coming Soon – Game of Drones

How Clevedon company DroneSurv, which helped produce the special effects for TV blockbuster Game of Thrones, is aiding the 151-year-old town pier survive the Bristol Channel storms and how your drone-flying hobby could lead to a career.

Presentation Coming Shortly

We hope you have enjoyed our Festival in The Clouds – and watch out for some new presentations later this year as we prepare plans for the More Than Words literary and arts festival, coming in June, 2021.

In the meantime, we’d love your feedback to help us plan for future festivals.

It would help if you could give your age, gender and the first half of your postcode to help us improve our content.

We look forward to hearing from you!
If you have any further comments please send them to clevedonfestival@gmail.com