Clevedon Launches Its Festival In The Clouds

Clevedon’s Festival In The Clouds launches on Saturday (June 13) with a series of videos and podcasts – all entertaining tasters of the town’s first literary and arts festival, More Than Words, postponed until 2020 because of the pandemic.

The virtual festival, which has taken three months to organise, will be available on Clevedon BID’s Discover Clevedon website, www.discoverclevedon.co.uk, until the end of November.

It is designed to celebrate the seaside town’s rich cultural heritage, from Coleridge and Thackeray to J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis, as well as the modern talent of authors, poets and musicians.

Highlights include a masterclass in comic book design, the fascinating story of Modernist artist Doris Hatt, extracts from Tennyson’s immortal poem, In Memoriam, and two songs recorded by Clevedon School pupils despite the singers and musicians being separated by lockdown.

The festival has also organised the reprinting of a softback book about Doris Hatt, priced £7.99, plus p&p, along with the first-ever fine art prints of five of her Clevedon paintings, priced £25 each, plus p&p, and a reprint of a booklet about the Clevedon Violets, beloved by Queen Victoria, which is priced £4.99, plus p&p

The Doris Hatt book and fine art prints can be ordered by emailing clevedonfestival@gmail.com, and the Clevedon Violets booklet by emailing clevedonviolets@gmail.com

And not content with their virtual festival, the organisers have also produced the first comprehensive film history of the town’s 151-year-old Victorian pier, including drone footage by local company, DroneSurv. 

Click here to view the film: The History of Clevedon Pier

Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust’s Chair, Phil Curme, said: “We are very grateful for the help we have been given by the More Than Words festival at this perilous time in our history”

More Than Words organiser Carol Price said: “We were all amazed and delighted by the support we had received for what would have been our first festival with 20 venues planned throughout the town. But now we can make sure that all that local creativity and those marvellous ideas and enthusiasm are not wasted.”

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