Monday, 28 September 2009

Final Day - Festival 2009

Bob Devereux with Martyn Barker

Its been a great festival and for me has passed by incredibly quickly.

So this is the final post for now and I thought I'd leave you with a video shot at the final session of Poetry and Music in the Square - Bob Devereux.

This blog will return next year - first with details of the St Ives Literature Festival planned for May 2010 and then news about the September Festival 2010.

I'll continue to publish the latest news on my:

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Review - Last Few Days

St Ives September Festival

Apologies for my lack of blogging over the last few days.

I've been having a manic time at the festival and really enjoying it.

On Friday night I went to see Romeo and Juliet with my friends Anna Chen and Charles Shaar Murry. Another great night on The Island - superb performance followed by an afterparty on Porthmeor.

On Saturday I caught some of Poetry In The Square then a couple of pints at The Sloop. In the evening I went to see Hydrae's Festival Of New Writing at St Ives Theatre. Four absolutely brilliant one act plays. I then headed down to Porthmeor again for another afterparty with the Romeo and Juliet cast. Looks like there will be another community play next summer, the play has not been decided yet but will probably be Shakespeare again.

On Sunday I was at St Ives Arts Club to help out with Anna Chen's show - Anna May Wong Must Die! We managed to get the technical arrangements - sound and light - sorted out thanks to my daughter Steph. I then helped Steph out on the desk during the show - I did some of the sound while she handled the lighting. Show was great.

On Monday I took a bit of a day off - there is only so much you can do!

Tuesday and I was helping out with Charles Shaar Murray's talk at St Ives Arts Club - Everything I Know About Rock and Roll Part Four. We got a good audience in and the talk about Woodstock and The Summer Of Love was fascinating. I ran the desk on my own and was chuffed that I managed to pull it off. Albeit on a fairly rudimentary basis - just two sound channels and two light dimmers plus DVD player. After that it was back to my friends' flat for chow mein, ribs and large amounts of Cava.

Wednesday - Jo had Open Studios here in Bedford Road which proved a great success, lots of visitors throughout the day. Next on to The Salthouse Gallery to hear Anna reading from her book in progress - Coolie - about Chinese workers on the transcontinental railway in the 1850s. That was followed by CSM reading from his soon to be published book The Hellhound Sample. Unfortunately I missed that because I had to head back down to St Ives Arts Club. Helped out with some of the tech set up for Rod Bullimore and Martyn Barker. The show that followed was a wonderful mixture of comedy from Rod and music from Martyn.

Today I've been working on various web site projects. Later on its Cafe Frug at the Arts Club again. Hope to make it down there later if I can stand the pace !

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Anna May Wong Must Die!

Anna Chen, Charles Shaar Murray, Buffalo Bill Smith

Don't miss tomorrow night's show by Anna Chen.

Anna May Wong Must Die!

A personal journey through the life and crimes of Hollywood's first Chinese movie star.

Lavishly illustrated with visuals and sound - more than just a talk.
Check out the preview above.

Sunday 20th September 2009.
St Ives Arts Club.
Tickets: £6.00
From: St Ives Tourist Information.
Also on the door from 6.30pm.

Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Here's a video of The Syd Lawrence Orchestra playing at St Ives Guildhall last night - Friday 18th September 2009.

Lets Face The Music.

Filmed by Alban Roinard of Eia Films.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Theatre - Phil Bowen

Phil Bowen - Anything But Love

A few words from writer Phil Bowen about his play Anything But Love.

To be staged tonight - Thursday 17th September and tomorrow - Friday 18th September.

St Ives Arts Club. 8.00pm.

Tickets: £9.00 / £7.50 (concessions).
From: St Ives Tourist Information - 01736 798577.

Tonight is almost sold out but some tickets may be available on the door.
Tomorrow is selling well so I'd advise you to get tickets as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Boats In The Bay

Boats In The Bay - St Ives September Festival

A wonderful short film by Alban Roinard of Boats In The Bay.

Filmed on the opening day of the festival - Saturday 12th September 2009.

The 4th annual celebration of traditional luggers reviving the maritime heritage of St Ives.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Caption Competition - Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong Must Die!

Following the success of the Romeo and Juliet competition here is another.

Win two tickets for Anna May Wong Must Die!
Anna Chen's personal journey through the life and crimes of Hollywood's first Chinese movie star.
Sunday 20th September at 7.00pm.
St Ives Arts Club.
Early start time means that you can get to Guildhall or other gigs afterwards.

What is Anna saying ?

Post your answer below as a Comment or email to:

If you post anonymously please also email so I know who you are if you win!

Closing date is Friday 18th September.
We will then post the winning entry here.

If you want to buy tickets they are on sale at:
St Ives Tourist Information - The Guildhall

Romeo and Juliet Competition - Winner

Romeo and Juliet - The Nurse

The winner is Brian Stanley of St Ives:
'Woman begs for mercy after stealing Mondrian painting and extracting coloured bits to make necklace.'
Thanks for all your entries - they were great.
Romeo and Juliet is back on stage this week.
Wednesday 16th September - Saturday 19th September 2009.
If you want to buy tickets they are available from St Ives Tourist Information and from St Ives Theatre Box Office.
£6.00 - under 7s free.

Art Exhibition - St Ives Bay Studio

Chiaroscuro - St Ives Bay Studio Gallery

A late addition to the arts programme.

Chiaroscuro -
an exhibition of work by Anne Boss, Susan Camburn, Basma Ashworth and Mary Wastie.

It runs from the 21st to 30th September 2009.

St Ives Bay Studio Gallery, Wharf Road, St Ives.
On the harbour, up the steps above Court Arcade.

Open 10.00am till late.
Free entry.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Live Music - Sunday 13th

Scaramoose - Queens Hotel

A quick round up of the live music on tonight in St Ives.

Jill Cole.
Guitarist - covers including Joan Baez and The Eagles.
The Lifeboat Inn 5.30pm.

Billy Mac.
Folk, Blues, Country and Cornish songs.
The Castle Inn 6.00pm.

Arts Club Sundae.
Folkroots and contemporary.
St Ives Arts Club 8.00pm.

Bridge The Gap.
Traditional folk.
The Sheaf of Wheat. 8.30pm.

Infectious sounds and body moving grooves.
The Queens Hotel 9.00pm.

Singer /songwriter.
Western Hotel 9.00pm.

The Hot House Playboys.
Jump jive doo-wop boogie.
The Lifeboat Inn 9.00pm.

Blues session.
Local musicians.
The Golden Lion. 9.00pm.

Live Music - Queens Hotel

Here is the September Festival live music line up for The Queens Hotel on High Street.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Poetry and Music in the Square

Charles Shaar Murray and Dan Smith

CSM - legendary rock journalist.

Dan Smith of the Noisettes.

Norway Square - St Ives.

Bird Call Blues.

Saturday 12th September 2009.


Romeo and Juliet - Interview

Interview - Sarah Lincoln and Nicola Wilkes

I headed to the harbour this morning and caught this on the West Pier.

Romeo and Juliet:

An interview by Denis Nightingale for BBC Radio Cornwall - featuring Sarah Lincoln (Director) and Nicola Wilkes (Juliet).

Some perceptive questions by Denis and some interesting insights from both Sarah and Nikky about the production.

Outdoors on The Island Wednesday 16th - Saturday 19th.
Tickets: £6.00 from St Ives Theatre and St Ives Tourist Information.

Friday, 11 September 2009

Guildhall Gigs - Latest News - Tickets

St Ives Guildhall

Bellowhead - Saturday 12th September - Sold Out.

Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain - Tuesday 22nd September - Sold Out

Show Of Hands - Wednesday 23rd September - almost sold out.
No ticket available online - Guildhall box office only.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

September Festival - Free Events

Most St Ives residents simply cannot afford
Guildhall tickets - please give generously.

In line with the current Zeitgeist (Spirit Of The Age for those who don't speak German or are less pretentious than me) I thought I'd do a cheapskate's guide to the festival. Money is still short for most of us and things are only going to get worse.

There are a surprising number of festival events that are completely free.
Some of these I've blogged previously so apologies for the repetition.

Poetry and Music In The Square.
Every day, 12.30pm - 2.00pm, Norway Square.

All live music at:
The Lifeboat Inn
The Castle Inn
The Golden Lion
The Queens Hotel.

For those who want a break from the relentless barrage of arty stuff the following pubs also show Sky Sports and are not staging festival events:
The Three Ferrets
The Sheaf of Wheat
Don't miss Birmingham City v Villa on Sunday 13th September, 12.00pm.
You can join Blues Supporters Cornwall at The Ferrets.

If you like art there are many free exhibitions:

St Ives Society of Artists Members Exhibition.

St Ives Arts Club Members Exhibition.

Also at many other commercial galleries including:

Open Studios on Wednesday 16th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, Wednesday 23rd September.

Entry to the exhibitions at Tate St Ives is free on Friday 25th September.
Part of Late at the Tate - 7.00pm - 9.00pm.

There is a great programme of (mostly) free talks at St Ives Library - most afternoons during the week.

If you know of anything else add a comment below.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Arts - Additional Events

Details of a couple of Arts events that are not featured in the official programme or website.

Lucie Bray is holding an Exhibition of her paintings as part of the Open Studios programme.

It'll be on Wednesday 16th and Wednesday 23rd September from 11.30am to 5pm.

14 Bedford Road - look out for the bunting opposite Treliska Guest House.

As well as paintings, there will be cards and prints for sale.

She will also be launching a short film about how she paints by Morag Robertson.The film will be available on her website after 23rd September.

Jo McIntosh has a Textile Art workshop on Tuesday 22nd September - Water Soluble Fabric.

Create an unusual bowl using this fabric, threads and fabric scraps (sewing machine required). Have fun! Learn something new! Beginners welcome.

Cost: £30.00.
Advance booking required.
More Info: 01736 797122

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

New Event Added To The Festival Programme

Anna Chen reads from her novel-in-progress, Coolie. Her story about the Chinese workers on the transcontinental railroad who went on strike in the 1860s.

In a scintillating double-bill, she appears with Charles Shaar Murray who will be reading from his novel, The Hellhound Sample. A spooky tale about three generations of a black American music dynasty and an English guitar hero. The book is about to be published by Headpress.

Venue: The Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
Date: Wednesday 23rd September 2009
Time: 6:30pm
Details to be confirmed.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Romeo and Juliet - Caption Competition

Romeo and Juliet - The Nurse
Win yourself a pair of tickets for Romeo and Juliet on The Island in St Ives.
A fantastic open air performance by St Ives Community Play.
Your choice of date:
Wednesday 16th September - Saturday 19th September 2009.
Send in your caption for the picture above.
I will judge the best with director Sarah Lincoln.
Add it as a comment below or email to:
Closing date is Saturday 12th September 2009.
We will notify the winner and publish their caption here shortly after that.
If you want to buy tickets they are available from St Ives Tourist Information and from St Ives Theatre Box Office.
£6.00 - under 7s free.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Silent Movie - With Live Music


This is something really different - a chance to see a classic silent movie with live accompaniment.

Sunrise - Director F W Murnau (1927).
In this fable-morality tale, the evil temptress is a city woman who bewitches farmer Anses and convinces him to murder his neglected wife, Indre. After Anses comes to his senses - just as he is about to kill Indre - the married couple renew their love in the city.

The Cornish five piece band Wurlitza will be adding a modern twist to Murnau’s silent film masterpiece, with their unique soundtrack -an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, pop,improvisation and sublime harmonies.

Friday 25th September 2009. 8.00pm.
St Ives Arts Club

Tickets: £8.00

Available from
St Ives Tourist Information Centre
01736 798577
Also on the door if available.

Other events that may be of interest to movie lovers:

Anna May Wong Must Die! - an illustrated talk about Hollywood's first female Chinese movie star. St Ives Arts Club Sunday 20th September.

Classic black and white movies:
On The Waterfront - Monday 14th September. 7.30pm.
Casablanca - Saturday 19th September. 7.30pm.
Some Like It Hot - Monday 21st September. 7.30pm.
All at St Ives Arts Club. Tickets £5.00.

St Ives Cinema will be screening a programme of mainstream movies.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Open Studios

Open Studios St Ives - Video By Anna Chen

Various artists studios in St Ives will be open on:
  • Wednesday 16th September
  • Saturday 19th September
  • Sunday 20th September
  • Wednesday 23rd September
Standard opening times are 10.00am to 5.00pm but this may vary for each studio.

This is one of the highlights of the festival for many people.
A chance to see a variety of St Ives artists at work and visit studios not often open to the public.

Many of these are in the historic Porthmeor Studios complex, where some of the great names in St Ives worked. These include Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson, Brian Pearce, Julius Olsson and Borlase Smart. The studios are still in use today and many will be open. These include Naomi Frears, Sax Impey, John Emanuel, Richard Knott, Clare Wardman and Iain Robertson.

Porthmeor Studios is also home to St Ives School Of Painting - their programme of classes was previewed in an earlier blog post.

Many other studios around town will be open as well. These include Seb West, Angela Diggle, Trevor Price, David Holmes, Leslie Silver, Andrea Carr, Jo McIntosh and Sally MacCabe.

The programme with list and map is now available:

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Festival Of New Writing

Hydrae Productions led by director Steve Tyrell recently held an international competition for new short plays.

Four short plays that have never been publicly performed were chosen.

These will be on show and 14 actors will be giving it their best.

The Lazar House
Set in a room in a scientific research establishment, two young people wake up and find themselves prisoners, but don’t know why.

Kaye’s Adventures in Ukplc
Kaye is an ordinary man with financial problems. And on this day, he discovers the consequences he must pay when confronted by the increasingly hostile establishment.

Enigmatic Lucidity
A man wakes from a nightmare, where his wife is trying to stab him. But is he awake, or is the nightmare still on.

The Couldabeen Hamlet
What might have happened prior to the first production of “Hamlet” in 1604.

They will be performed over two nights at St Ives Theatre.

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2009.
Doors open at 7.30pm, performance starts at 8.00pm.

£7.50, £7.00, £5.00 (concessions).

Box Office:
St Ives Theatre, The Stennack, St ives.
Open 10.30am - 4.00pm weekdays.
01736 797007

Please do come along to support this. Steve has twelve more plays from the competition that are of a high enough standard to produce. So if this production is successful these will be on stage in the coming months.