The programme

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Saturday 27th July to Monday 29th July.

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12:30
13:00
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14:00
14:30
15:00
15:30
16:00
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Saturday 27th July
Saturday 27th July
Secret Sale
14:00 - 17:00
Viewing of over 100 small artworks 7 x 5 inches from local national and internationally known painters
Secret Sale
14:00 - 17:00
Viewing of over 100 small artworks 7 x 5 inches from local national and internationally known painters

Viewing of over 100 small artworks 7 x 5 inches from local national and internationally known painters, signed on the back and all to be sold at £35 on Sunday 11.15 – 13.00 for £35 each. Buy what pleases you or try and guess the famous names before your purchase. A limit of 3 cards per person.

Viewing also of framed paintings to be auctioned 12 noon Monday.

Your favourite poem, open mike session.
15:00 - 16:00
Your favourite poem open mic session, open to all.
Your favourite poem, open mike session.
15:00 - 16:00
Your favourite poem open mic session, open to all.

This is an open mike poetry session led by Bev Payton and members of the Coverack writing group. Please bring along your favourite poems, either that you have written yourself or by well established, or not so well established, poets. You can choose to read them yourself, or somebody will read them for you. Anyone is very welcome to come and there will be no pressure to join in if you would prefer to watch & listen. "I thought I'd write a poem, And read it out aloud. The boy stood on the burning deck While I wandered lonely as a cloud."

Readings from an Anthology
16:00 - 17:00
Coverack Writing Group present selections from their anthology.
Readings from an Anthology
16:00 - 17:00
Coverack Writing Group present selections from their anthology.

Coverack writing group has now been running for 5 years. Many 20 minute short stories have been written by different members over the years. This session will talk about the anthology, there will be readings & Q&A session by members of Coverack Writing Group.

John Hanley, writer of historical fiction, Question & Answer session.
17:00 - 18:00
John Hanley, writer of historical fiction. Question & Answer session
John Hanley, writer of historical fiction, Question & Answer session.
17:00 - 18:00
John Hanley, writer of historical fiction. Question & Answer session

Born in Jersey in 1946, John Hanley represented the island in swimming and water polo. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he taught in London, Jersey and Cornwall. After a master's degree at Bath University, he returned to Jersey as deputy head teacher of his old school. He retired in 2006 and now lives with his wife and family in South West Cornwall. John Hanley lives locally and is a writer of historical fiction including Against the Tide, The Last Boat and Diamonds for the Wolf. www.johnfhanley.co.uk

Adult open mic session
18:00 - 19:30
Open mic session for adults.
Adult open mic session
18:00 - 19:30
Open mic session for adults.

Any young people over 16 and all adults ...... its your chance to come and play, sing, rap, speak or dance! Any adults wishing to show their musical talents in a supportive environment are welcome to attend. In order to be guaranteed a timed slot please contact Chris on CoverackArtsFestival@btinternet.com or at Silvermere Studio, North Corner, Coverack. It should also be OK to simply turn up on the day & perform or watch the others, but booking a slot will guarantee you a chance to shine! There will be a piano, PA, mics, & stage available, but otherwise please bring your own musical instruments or musical accompaniment. Memory sticks or musical backing on iPhones can be connected directly into our PA .All children and adults will be very welcome.

Presentation of slides and talk by wildlife photographer Robin Hobson
19:30 - 20:30
Wildlife Photographer Robin Hobson
Presentation of slides and talk by wildlife photographer Robin Hobson
19:30 - 20:30
Wildlife Photographer Robin Hobson

Robin has been the principal & main instructor of The Coverack Windsurfing Centre since 1982. He is a professional wildlife photographer and will be showing slides of his work & talking about some of his more incredible adventures in Madagascar and The Amazon. All very welcome.

Aqaba at The Paris Hotel
21:30 - 23:00
Aqaba at The Paris Hotel in Coverack
Aqaba at The Paris Hotel
21:30 - 23:00
Aqaba at The Paris Hotel in Coverack

Aqaba are a five piece band from Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. They write their own gentle, melodic, anthemic rock songs such as "Monogramma" & "Completionism" & play a range of tasteful & poetic covers. This is a unique opportunity to see this excellent band in Cornwall. They released their first EP "A question of going" last year and it can be heard here ..... https://aqabamusic.bandcamp.com/releases http://www.aqaba.co.uk Their new EP "DIVE", featuring the tracks "Trappings" & "Submarine" is being released on June 26th ! Both will be available at this festival.

Sunday 28th July
Sunday 28th July
Secret Sale
10:00 - 11:00
Viewing of over 100 small artworks 7 x 5 inches from local national and internationally known painters
Secret Sale
10:00 - 11:00
Viewing of over 100 small artworks 7 x 5 inches from local national and internationally known painters

Viewing of over 100 small artworks 7 x 5 inches from local national and internationally known painters, signed on the back and all to be sold at £35 on Sunday 11.15 – 13.00 for £35 each. Buy what pleases you or try and guess the famous names before your purchase. A limit of 3 cards per person.

Viewing also of framed paintings to be auctioned 12 noon Monday.

Artists donating cards:
  • Kerry Bletso email kbletso@hotmail.co.uk and facebook,
  • LizzieBrown email lizziebrownart@gmail.com facebook & Instagram Lizzie Brown Art,
  • Donnette Bufton www.donnettebufton.co.uk, Yvonne Burdekin email yvonneburdekin@yahoo.com, Sophie Carter www.sophie-carter.co.uk, Sally Cole www.sallycole.co.uk, Neville Cox www.paintinprogress.co.uk, Sandra Critchley www.sandracritchley.co.uk, Stephen Cummins www.stephencummins.co.uk, Maureen Cunningham www.maureencunningham.co.uk, Mark Dale www.markdale.com, Sue Davis www.suedavisartworks.co.uk, Richard Dobson www.richarddobsonlizardoriginals.co.uk, S M Dowler,
  • Jenny Everett email jennyeverett@btinternet.com,
  • Fiona Foster email email coastcolourcanvas@gmail.com FB and Insta,
  • Janet Golden email janetgolden@hotmail.com facebook & instagram,
  • Gilly Johns www.gillyjohns.co.uk, Jocelyn Glimmer, Janet Judge www.janetjudge.com, Audrey Kellow audreykello@gmail.com and FB,
  • Annie Henry www.anniehenry.com,
  • Bettina Holland www.bettinaholland.co.uk,
  • John Horton www.johnhorton.co.uk,
  • Rebecca Jewell www.jewellarts.co.uk, Simon Jewell www.jewellarts.co.uk,
  • Diana Kerswell www.dianakerswell.com,
  • Jenny King email jennyking55@aol.com,
  • Dee May email deeperrymay@gmail.com,
  • Cecily Miller,
  • Julie Milton,
  • Jean McPherson email jeanmcpherson27@gmail.com instagram,
  • Keith Owen www. keithowen.co.uk,
  • Hazel Penhaligon, Sophie Penstone www.sophiepenstone.com, Shirley Philp,
  • Ria Poole www.riapoole.com,
  • Stephanie Sandercock www.stephaniesandercock.com,
  • Jeremy Sanders www.jeremysanders.co.uk, Mollie Silver, Vicky Smith email vickysmith@hotmail.com, Suzi Stephens email suzwith@live.com,
  • Debbie Stovel email debbiestovelart@gmail.com facebook and instagram,
  • Denise Stracey email pdstracey@gmail.com facebook,
  • Clare Summerson email claresummerson@btinternet.com, Lesley Treloar www.lesleytreloar.com,
  • Judi Trevorrow www.juditrevorrow.com,
  • Sarah Trewhella email mudgeonvean@aol.com and FB, Paul Westawayemail paulwestaway@icloud.com and Insta,
  • Maxine Whitbread-Abrutat email maxinewa@btinternet.com facebook & instagram
  • Diana Wild Andrew Barrowman www.andrewbarrowman.com, Jenny Bealey email jbealey5@gmail.com, Margaret Deans, Corrine Detain email corrine.detain@gmail.com, Jenny Field email jenfield60@hotmail.com, Martin Grimshaw www.martingrimshaw.co.uk, Maxine Hart www.maxinehart.co.uk, Salli Holman email sallilinden@hotmail.com, Rodney Holmes email rodneyholmes@btinternet.com, Glyn Macey www.glynmacey.com, Francesca Owen email francesca985@gmail.com, Michael Porter www.michael-porter.co.uk, Siobhan Purdy www.purdysart.co.uk, Tria Raffield email tria.raffield@gmail.com, Theresa Shae www.shawaboutart.com, Mary Taylor www.marytaylorart.co.uk, Sue Templeman www.suetempleman.com, Carolyn Thompson www.carolyn-thompson.com, Janice Thomson email jthomson101@gmail.com, Matthew Wood www.artfromcornerstudio.co.uk,

The Secret Sale
11:15 - 12:30
A limit of 3 artworks per person, get there early and join the queue.
The Secret Sale
11:15 - 12:30
A limit of 3 artworks per person, get there early and join the queue.

A limit of 3 artworks per person, get there early and join the queue. We may limit the numbers in the hall at any one time.

David Baddiel "Head Kid" in conversation.
12:30 - 13:30
David Baddiel in conversation with Coverack's Andrew Mercer.
David Baddiel "Head Kid" in conversation.
12:30 - 13:30
David Baddiel in conversation with Coverack's Andrew Mercer.

David Baddiel is an author and comedian. He has written and performed in a series of highly successful TV comedy shows, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. He is the author of five novels for children including 2017’s Birthday Boy, which rocketed into the top ten children’s bestseller list, debuting at No.3. This May saw the paperback publication of his latest children's book, Head Kid, a wildly entertaining wish-fulfilment adventure that asks the question: what would happen if the strictest head teacher swapped bodies with the naughtiest kid in school? David will be reading from and talking about Head Kid - join us for a great family event with lots of audience participation! David will also be in conversation with Coverack's Andrew Mercer, talking about his books, his life, & responding to questions from the audience.

Adult Creative Writing workshop
13:30 - 14:30
Creative Writing workshop led by Leanne Mercer.
Adult Creative Writing workshop
13:30 - 14:30
Creative Writing workshop led by Leanne Mercer.

Adult Creative Writing workshop led by Leanne Mercer. Leanne is a founder member of Coverack Writing Group, which has been running successfully since 2012. Cornwall born and bred she moved to Bangor in 1999 to undertake her degree in biology and since graduating in 2003 has enjoyed a career in education and library services. Her hobbies include reading, caravanning, dancing but her first love is writing. In this session participants will have a chance to write their own 20 minute short story from a title that will be selected on the day. Positive feedback may well be given from other participants in the group. Please just turn up on the day to participate or to simply listen. All very welcome whatever your writing experience.

Adult Poetry Writing Workshop
14:30 - 15:30
Adult poetry writing workshop led by Bev Payton.
Adult Poetry Writing Workshop
14:30 - 15:30
Adult poetry writing workshop led by Bev Payton.

Adult Poetry Workshop led by Bev Payton Bev has been writing all her life but it wasn’t until 2005 that poems started to appear regularly in her notebooks. At about this time she joined the Horsley Studio Poets under the guidance of the poet, Jay Ramsay and the artist, Maxine Relton RWA. Since then she has had poems published in the anthologies One in Four (National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 2006), Reckless Hills and Holy Hearts (Horsley Studio Poets, 2008) and the magazine, Caduceus. In 2015 Bev gained a BA (Hons) in English Literature from The Open University. Presently she is a member of the Coverack Writing Group and does voluntary work for the National Trust. In her spare time she still writes (‘the novel’ ever on the back- burner) and sometimes it comes out as poetry. Running a poetry workshop is a new and scary venture for Bev, but she’s looking forward to joining with others to write and share their poems in an inspirational setting. The session will be very informal with the emphasis on writing. No booking required. No experience necessary. All welcome.

Children’s Creative Writing Workshop
15:30 - 16:30
All children, aged 5 to 15, will be very welcome.
Children’s Creative Writing Workshop
15:30 - 16:30
All children, aged 5 to 15, will be very welcome.

Children’s (ages 5 - 15 )Creative Writing Workshop run by Andrew Mercer. Andrew has been a member of Coverack Writing Group since it's beginning, five years ago, and enjoys writing comical pieces, usually involving characters called Phil and Steve! Professionally he is trained as a primary teacher with a Masters degree in SEN and Autism. Since 2007 he has worked as a specialist consultant providing help and support to schools and families across Cornwall and Devon. His hobbies include DIY, movies and triathlons. He is also an aspiring musician and can be found at local events singing and playing guitar. Andrew holds full and current DBS checks. This workshop is open to any children who would like to write a story, a poem or do a drawing, related to a title that will be given on the day. It will be fun with the emphasis being a positive experience for all who come. Please just turn up on the day.

Children’s Open Mic opportunity
16:30 - 17:30
Under 16's chance to show their musical talents.
Children’s Open Mic opportunity
16:30 - 17:30
Under 16's chance to show their musical talents.

Any children wishing to show their musical talents in a supportive environment are welcome to attend with their parents or an appropriate adult. In order to be guaranteed a timed slot please contact Chris on CoverackArtsFestival@btinternet.com or at Silvermere Studio, North Corner, Coverack. It should also be OK to simply turn up on the day & perform or watch the others, but booking a slot will guarantee you a chance to shine! There will be a piano, PA, mics, & stage available, but otherwise please bring your own musical instruments. Memory sticks or musical backing on iPhones can be connected directly into our PA . All children and adults will be very welcome.

John Thompson – Cornish hurdy gurdy
17:30 - 18:00
Cornish Legend, John Thompson, playing Hurdy Gurdy.
John Thompson – Cornish hurdy gurdy
17:30 - 18:00

John will be playing & singing a selection of traditional Cornish folk songs from the sea & beyond, as well as some of his own songs. You don't get the chance to see a hurdy gurdy legend every day so please reserve a ticket. "Long Shadow" is the name of John's new CD, available now.

Akoustec - Cornish folk band.
18:00 - 18:45
Akoustek, Cornish folk band
Akoustec - Cornish folk band.
18:00 - 18:45
Akoustek, Cornish folk band

Akoustek (Cornish for acoustic) are a four piece folk band from The Lizard. They base their songs & ballads on a variety of styles from 50s and 60s Rock and Roll /Christy Moore and many others. Tickets are available. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=akoustek&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Songs from the Stage, with Bethany, Sophie & Stephanie
18:45 - 19:45
Young multi talented female trio sing your favourite songs from the musicals
Songs from the Stage, with Bethany, Sophie & Stephanie
18:45 - 19:45
Young multi talented female trio sing your favourite songs from the musicals

Bethany Lyne, Sophie Greenaway and Stephanie Rosewarne sing your favourite songs from the stage. The performance will feature hits from musical theatre including Wicked, She Loves Him, My Fair Lady and works by Rodgers & Hammerstein. The trio are often seen performing in productions with Helston Theatre Company.

Aqaba
19:45 - 20:45
Aqaba, gentle, anthemic rock band from Wiltshire.
Aqaba
19:45 - 20:45
Aqaba, gentle, anthemic rock band from Wiltshire.

Aqaba are a five piece band from Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. They write their own gentle, melodic, anthemic rock songs such as "Monogramma" & "Completionism" & a range of tasteful & poetic covers. This is a unique opportunity to see this excellent band in Cornwall. Their first EP, "A question of going" was released last year & can be viewed here ..... https://aqabamusic.bandcamp.com/releases http://www.aqaba.co.uk

The Boundless Brothers
20:45 - 22:00
Nationally acclaimed, Cornish folk rock band from Penzance.
The Boundless Brothers
20:45 - 22:00
Nationally acclaimed, Cornish folk rock band from Penzance.

Renowned for their piercing lyrics, timeless melodies and hypnotic harmonies, there’s a magic in the air when Boundless Brothers play live.

Ever since being showcased by the likes of The Guardian and BBC Introducing, Sam Wilson (lead vocals and guitar), Seb Wilson (bass guitar) and Bo Payne (drums) have taken the music industry by storm – wooing crowds across the UK and playing everywhere from Oceanfest, Looe Music Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival to Clarence Park Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival and Port Eliot. Having played over eighty gigs last year,& an equally full schedule this year, & with the release of their two recent singles Only Love, & Call my name , Boundless Brothers are on a roll - and loving every minute of it!

We are very lucky to have a band of the professional quality of The Boundless Brothers in Coverack as headliners of the festival on Saturday night.

Tickets are available now, suggested donation £5.

Auction of artworks donated for sale
12:00 - 14:00
all proceeds to Save Lambeage fund
Auction of artworks donated for sale
12:00 - 14:00
all proceeds to Save Lambeage fund

Auction of artworks donated for sale from Coverack Art Society members and friends, all proceeds to Save Lambeage fund. Artists donating works for auction: Paul Barnes www.paul-j-barnes-photography.co.uk, Lizzie Brown email lizziebrownart@gmail.com facebook and instagram, Yvonne Burdekin email Yvonne burdekin@yahoo .com, Dee May Jenny Everett email jennymeverett@btinternet.com, Fiona Foster JanetGolden email janetgolden@hotmail.com facebook and instagram, Rodney Holmes, Cecilly Miller, Diana Wild,

Talk by author Fred Taylor
14:00 - 15:00
Author Frederick Taylor bestselling historian.
Talk by author Fred Taylor
14:00 - 15:00
Author Frederick Taylor bestselling historian.

Frederick Taylor's definitive accounts of the bombing of Dresden, the Denazification of Germany and the building of the Berlin Wall have changed our understanding of 20th century history. His new book, published to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the war is: 1939 The War Nobody Wanted. www.fredericktaylorhistory.com

Family Storytelling by Gary Cordingly
15:00 - 16:00
Family interactive storytelling
Family Storytelling by Gary Cordingly
15:00 - 16:00
Family interactive storytelling

Gary Cordingly is a member of the Society of Storytelling who has been keeping people enthralled for 25 years and now lives in nearby Falmouth. www.garycordingly.co.uk

Talk by author Liz Fenwick
16:00 - 17:00
Liz talks about her novels, her life & Cornwall.
Talk by author Liz Fenwick
16:00 - 17:00
Liz talks about her novels, her life & Cornwall.

Award winning writer, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer.... Liz Fenwick, lives in Cornwall with her husband and two mad cats. She’s been a global nomad starting life in Massachusetts before moving to London, Canada, Moscow, Houston, Jakarta and Dubai. But Cornwall holds her heart. She’s described by The Guardian as ‘The Queen of the contemporary Cornish novel’. Liz was born in Massachusetts but found her heart in Cornwall, writing her ‘Spellbinding’ novels. Her novels are THE CORNISH HOUSE , A CORNISH AFFAIR, A CORNISH STRANGER and UNDER A CORNISH SKY. They have been translated into Dutch, Portuguese,German, Swedish, Danish, Estonia, Latvian, Czech, French, Turkish and Norwegian. THE RETURNING TIDE, was published on 5th January 2017. You can find Liz here at www.lizfenwick,com and on Twitter @liz_fenwick You can find her books at all good book sellers n the UK and all online ebook sellers. www.lizfenwick.com

X24 & The Glazed Pates
18:00 - 19:00
An acoustic session with X24, piano + Al, sax + Guy, djembe drum.
X24 & The Glazed Pates
18:00 - 19:00
An acoustic session with X24, piano + Al, sax + Guy, djembe drum.

X24, singer/songwriter from Coverack, performs acoustic versions of some of his original songs & well loved covers with "The Glazed Pates", Al on sax and guitars, and Guy on djembe drum. His latest 5 track ep came out in May 2019 called "Trust the Writer". The theme is "Trust" ..... Trust in the government, relationships & in ourselves. It is available on iTunes , Spotify etc, all written & recorded in Coverack! He has a recording studio in Coverack which can be hired by arrangement. There is also an option to use his 3 bedroomed bungalow in the grounds . So bands or individuals can make music in Coverack at a stunning seaside location! https://www.facebook.com/X24Keyboards/

Jonathan Xavier Coudrille & band
19:00 - 20:00
Local jazz musician and multi instrumentalist.
Jonathan Xavier Coudrille & band
19:00 - 20:00
Local jazz musician and multi instrumentalist.

Johnathan Xavier Coudrille is a long, well established Cornish artist, musician and writer.He is a multi-instrumentalist; he plays and composes for guitar, 7-string banjo, piano, organ and trumpet. His musical interests and influences are principally jazz, Russian and gypsy music.In the 1960s, he played in Soho strip-clubs, amongst other places! During his broadcasting career, he composed and arranged for television and radio; his guitar performance and arrangement of Francisco Tárrega's Recuerdos de la Alhambra was the signature tune for Jack Hargreaves' long-running Out of Town. He entered the Melody Maker's national folk contest in 1974, and was named top rock-folk soloist. Later, at the peak of his musical career during the 1980s, he performed his composition Caballeta Suite for Spanish guitar in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Jonathan will be appearing for us with his current three piece jazz band & we are very lucky to having him playing here as part of our festival in Coverack. Tickets are available. https://www.facebook.com/jonathon.x.coudrille/timeline?lst=100000996230208%3A1257960305%3A1557483484

Accidental Hero
20:00 - 21:00
Accidental hero, playing original songs and favourite covers
Accidental Hero
20:00 - 21:00
Accidental hero, playing original songs and favourite covers

Accidental Hero, Ben Pagnam, is a local Cornish singer songwriter hailing from the rugged wilds of the west Cornish coast. Influenced by Donovan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Robert Johnson, Nick Drake, Brian Wilson and drawing inspiration from 1930's Americana, the 60's west coast surf movement and the 70's English folk scene, Accidental Hero makes modern acoustic music that keeps a perfectly tuned ear on the past masters. With beautifully simple arrangements and production values that allow the songwriting to shine, Accidental Hero delivers exactly what it says on the tin; a pure, organic sound that is instantly accessible yet hard to forget. Tickets are available. https://ahero.bandcamp.com/releases https://www.facebook.com/accidentalhero/

Stone Roots
21:00 - 22:30
Cornish favourites playing funky dance songs
Stone Roots
21:00 - 22:30
Cornish favourites playing funky dance songs

Stone Roots are a professional Cornish funky dance band well known throughout Devon & Cornwall. They combine soulful vocals with tight-knit funk grooves, creating an infectious, energetic sound that’s guaranteed to get you moving. Cornwall’s ‘Best Music Act’ finalists with regular airplay on BBC Introducing, Stone Roots have gathered a strong following on the Cornish Music Scene, famous for their creative covers with infectious-funk grooves. From Destiny’s Child and Outkast to Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, there is something for everyone from this tight, creative covers band. We are very lucky to have them headlining our festival on the Monday night! Tickets are currently available at £7.50.
https://www.facebook.com/StoneRootsUK/

Tuesday 30th July
Tuesday 30th July
Local author John Hanley
14:00 - 15:00
Local author John Hanley.
Local author John Hanley
14:00 - 15:00
Local author John Hanley.

John Hanley lives locally and is a writer of historical fiction including "Against the Tide", "The Last Boat", "Diamonds for the Wolf". www.johnfhanley.co.uk and on facebook.

John Hanley, writer of historical fiction
14:00 - 15:00
Talk followed by Q&A with local author
John Hanley, writer of historical fiction
14:00 - 15:00
Talk followed by Q&A with local author

Born in Jersey in 1946, John Hanley represented the island in swimming and water polo. Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he taught in London, Jersey and Cornwall. After a master's degree at Bath University, he returned to Jersey as deputy head teacher of his old school. He retired in 2006 and now lives with his wife and family in South West Cornwall. John Hanley lives locally and is a writer of historical fiction including Against the Tide, The Last Boat and Diamonds for the Wolf. www.johnfhanley.co.uk

Film Wild Rose
19:30 - 21:30
Wild Rose
Film Wild Rose
19:30 - 21:30
Wild Rose

Wild Rose tells the tale of Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley), a young, talented, aspiring country singer who dreams of making it to Nashville, Tennessee to make it big. The problem? Rose-Lynn has just served 12 months in prison and has come out equipped with a tag and a curfew, and returns to no money, no job, no house, and two kids to raise. Oh, and she lives in Glasgow, roughly 4,000 miles from Nashville. From the first moment we see her, triumphantly leaving prison with a raised fist and a cocky one-liner or two, Rose-Lynn is a vibrant, dynamic character. She’s funny, confident, loud, fearless. Someone you definitely won’t mind spending nearly two hours with. However, what becomes increasingly apparent is that Rose-Lynn is also infuriatingly, heart-breakingly flawed. She is prone to fits of anger, she is inconsistent, struggles to face up to responsibility and behind her confidence is a deeply rooted anxiety. The decision to reveal Rose-Lynn’s human frailty is a wise one and adds a depth and complexity consummately captured by Buckley – who is a tour-de-force in the role. She inhabits every facet of this character and manages to express more in a single silence than most actors can express in an entire scene. Where the film goes particularly deep into the heart of the character are in the interactions between Rose-Lynn and her mother, Marion (Julie Walters) who tries to get her daughter to face her responsibilities, get back on her feet, get a job, and most importantly, support and raise her two young children. The performances by these two great actresses, one an established legend, and the other a legend-in-the-making, are a delight to watch – the two are perfect together. What makes Wild Rose stand-out from the crowd of similar films is its handling of the stuff behind the music. Because what is at the heart of this film isn’t country music at all but a whole host of other issues including motherhood, class, and gender. How can you balance personal ambitions and dreams with responsibility to family, to children? When people rely on you can you ever be selfish or even ever be truly you? Certified 15+

Talk by author Fred Taylor
Talk by author Fred Taylor
Monday 29th July
Monday 29th July
Monday 29th July
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Talk by author Fred Taylor
Monday 29th July
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