Wednesday, 27 August 2008

NASA moon landing exclusive for arts festival weekend

PORLOCK is preparing for literature lovers from across the country who will be descending on the village next month for its annual arts festival.
The festival has again attracted leading lights of the literature and media worlds, including Sunday Times columnist Roland White and BBC crime correspondent and murder mystery writer Simon Hall, who will conduct a fun and thought-provoking discussion with insights on the media from people in the know.
The event will also host an exclusive premiere, the first public UK showing of some of NASA’s previously withheld footage of the original moon landing.
It also features this year’s Orange Prize winner, Rose Tremain (pictured), author Dame Margaret Drabble, who is a sponsor and festival patron, and Fleet Street columnist and biographer Valerie Grove.
The festival has an action-packed agenda to keep people of all ages entertained during the weekend, which runs from September 11 to 14.
It includes storytelling, a Pelham puppet exhibition, a pottery talk and demonstration and a poetry picnic in Porlock’s Jubilee Garden with music and open microphone.
The historic village will also be buzzing as artists and craftspeople throw open the doors of their studios and showrooms.
Artisans will display their techniques, work, and collections, including silver jewellery, basket making, pottery, blacksmith’s art, wood sculptures, paintings, textiles, and felting.
Festival organiser Tony Pinnington said: “We are delighted with the response so far.
“Ticket sales have been strong, so we are advising people to book now to make sure they do not miss any of the festival highlights.”
The programme and information on how to book tickets or where to stay is available by logging on to, emailing or calling 01643 863150.

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