July 2021

Knighton Festival of Books, Art, and Music 2021


The Knighton Festival is now in its 4th year, and we have been busy booking speakers for what promises to be another great programme.

This year we plan to hold a mixture of live and on-line events during the first week in October.

Staring off we have the theme of Climate Change and the Environment and we have assembled a panel of leading scientific experts to discuss this topical issue, including Gabrielle Walker, author of “The Hot Topic, how to avoid global warming while still keeping the lights on”.

The film from The Carbon Chronicles, an opera about oil and climate change written by Camilla Saunders; and a presentation from Knighton environmental group TVEG.

Emma Stibbon RA will discuss her work depicting landscapes affected by climate change.

Printmaker Andrew Baldwin will discuss the techniques he uses for non-toxic etching and Thomas Perceval, a young artist from Presteigne will be showing and talking about his extraordinary paintings of trees.

We have included lots of poetry: a selection of writers will read their poems from Seren Books’ landmark anthology, 100 Poems to Save the Earth. Deborah Alma will be discussing her work at the Poetry Pharmacy in Bishops Castle.

Then, to celebrate National Poetry Day, we will be joined by the Marches Poets at the Tuesday morning café at the Knighton Community center on 4th October.

Details of the closing weekend are still to be finalised, but fans of crime novels will not want to miss the panel of Welsh crime writers discussing their new books.

We are also thrilled to be joined by Tim Barringer from Yale University to discuss the Pre-Raphaelites and contemporaries, focusing on works in the Birmingham Art Gallery

There will be an opportunity to join a series of guided walks led by the East Radnorshire Ramblers; plus a chance to go fossil hunting with eminent geologist Joseph Botting; and an informed tour of Knighton’s architectural history with John Davies.

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