Event NameLocationEvent DetailsDateTimePrice
Music in the Meadow Art in the Secret Garden, Hinton St George TA17 8SA In aid of refugees and featuring Ricky Romain (sitar player) and Teasing The Cat (folk band). Tickets in advance from Amanda 01460 72553. Once in the village follow signs for 'Art in the Secret Garden'. Please bring a chair and food/drink. There will be a raffle and produce stalls. 22/05/2022 2pm £10 on the dorr
Cara Hunter Detective Thriller Author; with Lynda Creek Ilminster Arts Centre, East Street, Ilminster TA19 0AN Cara Hunter is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling crime novels Close to Home, In the Dark, No Way Out, All the Rage and The Whole Truth all featuring DI Adam Fawley and his Oxford-based police team. Close to Home was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and was shortlisted for Crime Book of the Year in the British Book Awards 2019. No Way Out was selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 best crime novels since 1945. And The Whole Truth was a Richard and Judy pick in 2021. Caras novels have sold more than a million copies worldwide, and the TV rights to the series have now been acquired by the Fremantle Group. For more information and how to book go to 22/05/2022 3pm £10
Murder Mystery Evening The Best Western Shrubbery Hotel, Station Road, Ilminster This evening is in support of Guide Dogs and includes a 2 course gala dinner. The theme for the evening is On the Ocean Wave. Come and join us. To book call Sue Marks on 07970 555504. 22/05/2022 7pm Ticket is £30
Graham Hurley Is There Life After Crime Fiction? Ilminster Arts Centre, East Street, Ilminster TA19 0AN Graham is best known for creating the character of DI Joe Faraday. Gétévé and France Télévisions started adapting Grahams Faraday stories in 2011 through 90-minute television films under the title Deux Flics sur les Docks (literally Two Cops on the Docks). Desperate for a new challenge, a chance encounter prompts a WW2 novel, Finisterre, short-listed for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Among other things, Graham will discuss the perils of being captured by a particular genre in his case crime fiction before describing his journey from yet another contemporary homicide to the very different world of our parents war how it happened, why it happened, where it led him, and what it has taught him so far. For more information and how to book go to 22/05/2022 7pm £10
Sophy Layzell Local and Debut Authors Forum Minster Rooms, Court Barton, Ilminster TA19 0DU Have you ever thought of writing a book? Have you already made a start but need advice about what to do next? Sophy will be talking to three local women about their publishing journeys and how they were compelled to write following their own life experiences. They will discuss the publishing journey and the different pathways to getting published. For more information and how to book go to 23/05/2022 10.30am £6
Philip Serrell What Am I Bid? My Life Under The Hammer The Warehouse Theatre, Brewery Lane, Ilminster TA19 9AD From the well-known TV auctioneer as seen on Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Bargain Hunt, Flog It! comes the entertaining and informative memoir of life under the hammer. When Philip Serrell gave up teaching to become a professional auctioneer, he thought he was embarking on a sensible and safe career. . . a quiet life in the country with no surprises. How wrong he was. From dodgy cars to fakes in the saleroom; angry livestock, mangled silverware and tortuous, not to mention muddy, experiences in local markets and farm sales, Philip has been there, done that and got the hoofprints on his suit to prove it. For more information and how to book go to 23/05/2022 2.30pm £12
David Pugsley Was Jane Austens Aunt A Shoplifter? Ilminster Arts Centre, East Street, Ilminster TA19 0AN In one of the earliest cases about shoplifting in high society, Jane Austens wealthy aunt was accused of theft in Bath in August 1799 and tried at Taunton Assizes in March 1800. Was she guilty of theft or were the shopkeepers guilty of perjury? This talk will present the evidence and ask the audience for their verdict. There will be some references to characters or events in Jane Austens novels. Since 1993 David has been the Hon Archivist of the Western Circuit. He has a special interest in causes célèbres in the West Country in the 19th century. For more information and how to book go to 23/05/2022 7.30pm £10
Huw Lawford Inside the Mandela Revolution ~ A British Soldiers Inside View of Rise to Power Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PY Following the election of President Mandela, the South African security structure needed a radical transformation. The old system, that had been a threat to most of the nation, was to be replaced with one that was ethnically balanced and would provide security for all South Africans. It brought political and racial adversaries together and melded them into a unified force. The UK was asked to provide a team to oversee the transformation. This is a story of creating success out of failure, of ensuring the political is above military necessity, and about a small team learning how to survive and, ultimately, influence all those around them to put the past behind them and look to the future. For more information and how to book go to 24/05/2022 10.30am £8
Patrick Cockburn What Really Happened in Afghanistan, and Why Did The Taliban Win? Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PY Patrick has been a Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times and The Independent. He was also a correspondent in Moscow and Washington and is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books. He won the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006, the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009, Foreign Commentator of the Year (Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2013), Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year (British Journalism Awards 2014), and Foreign Reporter of the Year (The Press Awards For 2014). For more information and how to book go to 24/05/2022 2.30pm £10
Sweet Dreams (17 May to 11 June) Arts Centre, East Street, Ilminster Liz Watts and Susan Thomson return to the Arts Centre for another exhibition - this year joined by poetess Dawn Gorman. Lizs ceramics are absolutely stunning, Susans pictures a joy, Dawn will offer some calm reflection. 24/05/2022 Daily PFree