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by Touching the Void’s Simon Yates.
On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in June 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperately unenviable position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain face by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50 metres below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic of survival that followed and with the publication of the book Touching The Void, later film and stage play, both climbers became household names.
It was an experience that could have put many off the sport of mountaineering - but not Simon. Over 35 years later, he is still a very active exploratory climber and guide, making several expeditions to the mountains each year. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Alaska to Central Asia there is hardly a significant range that he has not visited.
Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs.
'Simon is a totally engaging speaker, who both entertains and inspires.'
Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
This season the Book Club will be reading
19 Jan - Act of oblivion by Robert Harris
16 Feb - Olive again by Elizabeth Strout
16 Mar - Small things like these & Foster by Claire Keegan
20 Apr - The Promise by Damon Galgut
Suitable for 18+ years.
Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
Thur 19 Jan, 16 Feb, 16 Mar, 20 Apr
7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)
Led by Mick McNicholas
Explore the complexities of the human form by working from a professional life model. With a variety of short and long poses. Learn both traditional charcoal drawing methods and new experimental techniques.
Half day sessions comprise of a variety of short and long poses.
Any mediums can be used in these sessions. Materials will be provided, although participants are very welcome to bring their own if you have something you like to work with.
Sat 21 Jan & Sat 4 Mar
11am - 2pm
£25 per session
Suitable for 18+ years
Led by Helen D Evans
This course is suitable for all abilities.
During the course we will explore the different basic forms that you can make using slabs of clay including using templates and applying texture.
You will also be given time to experiment with your own designs and ideas.
A selection of underglazes and glazes will be available to you to apply colour to your work.
Work will be fired to Earthenware.
Fri 17 Mar - 21 Apr, exc 7 Apr
11am - 1pm
£115 per 5-week course
Suitable for 18+ years
Please bring with you:
Any Pottery tools you may have
Sketchbook for ideas / with ideas
Pens / Pencils
Scalpel / cutting mat
After the course.
We will arrange a date after the course for collection of work from Norden Farm
The Crowd Show is a comedy / theatre / spoken word show about crowds, people and connection.
The Crowd Show is a show suitable for anybody who has been in a crowd or wants to be in the crowd for this show.
Rob Auton is an award-winning writer, actor and podcaster, named the ‘Brian Cox of Comedy’ by the Guardian. He has written eight hit Edinburgh Fringe shows, which have led to nationwide tours and television/radio appearances. Rob has had four collections of poetry and illustrations published by Burning Eye Books and Harper Collins.
In 2020, Rob started The Rob Auton Daily Podcast, which went on to amass over two million listens and win a gold award for Best Daily Podcast at the British Podcast Awards.
'A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot' The Guardian
'Emotionally charged - a heart-warming clarion call for universal connection' Evening Standard
'Makes laughter out of wonder and brings us all together. We need him' The Scotsman
'Something that'll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy round the edges' The Herald
'Brilliant' Stewart Lee
Hosted by Jeff Lloyd.
Once more The Vinyl Frontier welcomes electronic music pioneer, Martyn Ware, to chat about and listen to some of his career highlights and also talk about his new autobiography, Electronically Yours Vol 1.
Martyn was a founding member of The Human League, after which he set up the B.E.F. a part of which was 80s synth pop legends Heaven 17 as well as producing superstars such as Tina Turner, Erasure and Terence Trent D’Arby.
We’ll talk about his life in music and play vinyl cuts from throughout his career.