What’s on in September
Happy September and, remember, if there is something you think I should be telling you about, then do let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Appledore Book Festival, Various Venues, Fri 22 – Sat 30 Sept
Devon is being treated to not one, but two, major literary festivals this month, one in the south and Appledore Book Festival is the turn of the north – and what a stunning setting. There are some seriously big names in this year’s line-up including one of the world’s leading crime writers, Ian Rankin, Jeremy Vine, Jeremy Paxman and, erm, Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards. With over 70 events, workshops and musical performances, there’s too much to mention here, but hop over to the website and check out the impressive line-up in the brochure (the cover of which is beautifully designed by award-winning Devon artist Becky Bettesworth).
We The People Are The Work, Exhibition around Plymouth, Starts Fri 22 Sept
Coinciding with Plymouth Art Weekender (22 – 24 Sept), We The People Are The Work is a mega visual arts project taking place in five venues across the city. Exploring ideas of power, protest and the public, the project will see five internationally acclaimed artists from the UK, Canada, France and Mexico journey to Plymouth and be paired with a specific venue that aligns with their practice. They’ll create new artworks, that’ll involve the public in some way, give talks and lead workshops, inspired by the city’s rich heritage, its people, and their aspirations for the future. From recent world-wide events including Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, to the changes being experienced by communities in Plymouth on a more local scale, the exhibition will look at the shared experiences and differences that shape our society. If you want to see the exhibition, curator Simon Morrissey will be leading a free walking tour between the five venues.
Dead on Arrival Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, starts Sat 23 Sept
Sounds, erm, intriguing, doesn’t it? This, I’m told is an exhibition of the curious world of human and animal craft; so if you’re drawn to the art of taxidermy, you’ll love this. A showcase of artists whose practice involves the use of ethically sourced, human or animal remains, Dead on Arrival features works of jewellery, sculpture, textiles, taxidermy and photography. Supported by Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage), you’ll find historical artefacts juxtaposed alongside contemporary works from names including Paul Biddle, Libby Ward and Silvy Weatherall.
Free exhibition open daily, crafts.org.uk
Taste of the Teign, Various venues along the River Teign, Sat 23 Sept – Sun 1 Oct
Well this sounds like tasty fun. Loads of the loveliest spots along the Teign Estuary, from Teignmouth to Newton Abbot are teaming up to put on a showcase of special events across nine days. Expect the best local fish, meat, fruit and veg to crop up in a schedule celebrating the best local food, that includes things like a Brunch on a Boat, Beachside BBQ, Wine Tastings and Cracking a Crab Workshops. You’re bound to find something that takes your fancy and besides, it’s a beautiful part of the world to get out and say hello to autumn.
The Libertines, Plymouth Pavilions, Mon 25 Sept
The Libertines are on their ‘…Tiddeley Om Pom Pom Tour’ of seven British Seaside towns and Plymouth’s on the list! Featuring the ex-squeeze of Kate Moss, Peter Doherty, the band released their third album back in 2015 and the critics liked it. Fancy it?
Henri Bourgeois Wine Dinner at Lympstone Manor, Tues 26 Sept
This one isn’t cheap at all, but if you’ve a special occasion to plan, or you’re simply a fan of top notch wines and food, it’s absolutely worth considering. From what I can tell, Lympstone Manor is about as luxurious as it gets and, with top chef Michael Caines at the helm, the food and drink is something special. This dinner is a celebration of fine wines from one of the top wine producers in the Loire Valley region in France (and their property in New Zealand). Sup Sancerre and drink your way through a menu designed by Mr Caines, which includes Langoustine tortellini and pheasant breast. I’ve gone to heaven just writing this.
Starts 7pm, £205 pp. lympstonemanor.co.uk
Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up, Plymouth Pavilions, Wed 27 Sept
I’ve just finished watching the very funny The Trip and I’ve decided I’m now a fan of Mr Brydon’s humour. Check him out in his first stand-up show since his sell-out national tour and West End run alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh in The Painkiller.
Foraged Food and Beer Matching Night at Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh, Thurs 28 Sept
What do you get when you let loose a foraging and wild cookery pro on the hedgerows and fields of Riverford farm? And then throw some ale into the mix? A stonkingly good supper, that’s what. For this special feast night, Stuart Woodman (whose wild booze workshops at Port Eliot Festival sold out) will be teaming up with local brewers Barnaby’s Brewhouse. He’ll help the team create a wild food menu and produce two special foraged beers for the supper: Pineapple Weed Pale Ale & Hogweed Helles. Fancy it?
7pm, £35 for 3 course foraged supper & two foraged beers riverford.co.uk
Beneath Our Feet World Premiere, Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay, Fri 29 Sept – Sun 1 Oct
Take a multi-award-winning choreographer, throw her into a bit of a bonkers location and you get Beneath Our Feet, a dance performance which tells the story of the underground. Contemporary choreographer Katie Green specialises in bringing historical, heritage sites to life through the past and has chosen Torquay’s Kents Cavern for the world premiere of her new piece. Expect a 55-minute promenade dance performance moving around the caves, with live music by Lou Vilstrup. Sounds like a unique opportunity to see something a little different, before the rest of the UK does.
Performances on 29 Sept & 1 Oct, tickets £11 (£10 concessions), ticketsignite.com