16th Dec, 2017

Music, chat and more at Kenilworth Arts Festival

Ian Hughes 7th Aug, 2017

THERE will plenty of music and chat at this year’s Kenilworth Arts Festival, running from September 17 to 23.

Among the confirmed headline events will be a literary discussion featuring two acclaimed writers – Kit de Waal, whose debut novel, My Name is Leon was an international bestseller, and Sarah Moss, whose latest book has been shortlisted for the prestigious Wellcome Prize. The event will be chaired by Alex Clark, a British literary journalist and editor who has written for The Guardian, The Observer and the Times Literary Supplement.

Musicians appearing at the festival will include multi-award winning pianist, Gwilym Simcock, will play a solo concert in the newly refurbished St John’s Church, and singer-songwriter John Smith, fresh from a UK tour, who will perform in the Tudor Stables at Kenilworth Castle.

Also appearing is former music journalist and founder of the Big Dada record label, Will Ashon, who has written several novels, and will be discussing his non-fiction debut Strange Labyrinths – a book about getting lost in Epping forest.

Fiesta, an open-air event in Abbey Fields, will get the festival underway on Sunday September 17.

Among those appearing will be Treetop Flyers, a London based five-piece band came to prominence by winning the

Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition, the hotly-tipped Kizzy Crawford; together with local performers.

New for 2017 are a series of fringe events which will include exhibitions, workshops and a ‘spotlight series’ showcasing local talent.

Festival’s chair Lewis Smith said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the calibre of the acts we have been able to attract to the festival, which will help us build on the success of the success of last year’s inaugural event.

“Our aim has always been to bring together a vibrant mix of some of the finest contemporary music, literature and art from across the country.

“We’re striving to offer audiences something different – whether that is by supporting unique collaborations, by hosting events in extraordinary venues, or by booking artists who are making exciting, original work that can encourage bold, new thinking.”

Visit www.kenilworthartsfestival.co.uk for tickets and further details.

Kit de Waal and Sarah Moss will be talking books at Kenilworth Arts Festival. (s)

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