Past Events

  1. Great Uncle Lazar’s Tea Trolley Dance

    Great Uncle Lazar’s Tea Trolley Dance 
    Saturday 30 December, Drinks from 7pm, Film screenings 7.30pm and 8pm.

    The Constantinople Chapter

    The premiere of a short film by Sally Child, with original music by Lazar Sverdloff, (Shane Waltener’s Great Uncle), Catherine Shrubshall and Richard Kett.

    Tea Trolley Dancing and Palm Court Music at its best...Walton’s delectable tea trolley dancers improvise playfully, elegantly and athletically in the beautiful Albion Ballroom (Eleanor, Anna, Cydnei, Sally, Richard, Shane, Catherine & Ewan). The music was written between 1908 and 2023 – celebrating Lazar’s time in Turkey, during a long journey from Ukraine to Australia.

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  2. The Hungry Human: The Sauce Speaks

    Saturday 18 November, 1pm
    A creative writing workshop led by Rebecca May Johnson, involving cooking, writing and reflecting.

    Join Rebecca May Johnson as she leads a participatory cooking, eating and writing workshop as part of the Hungry Human Essex Festival. Rebecca will cook a pasta and tomato sauce recipe from her book 'Small Fires, An Epic In The Kitchen'. After enjoying the tastes and scents of garlic, tomato and basil, participants will take part in a writing task. In this exercise, the tomato sauce becomes the prompt for thinking, feeling, remembering and writing.mThis event is organised by the Hungry Human Festival and can be booked through Eventbrite. Illustration by @sinjin_li

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  3. Tunnel Book Making Workshop

    Saturday 11th November
    1.30pm - 4.30pm

    Using a collection of material from old books, you will construct your own tunnel book during this 3 hour workshop with artist Jane Stewart. We have a selection of material here you can use, or bring your own illustrated books. Tunnel books or peep shows are a series of cut-paper panels placed one behind the other, creating the illusion of depth and perspective. Often, these are engineered like an accordion, with the two boards pulling apart and the illustrated panels lined up and viewed through a front peep-hole or viewer.

    Price £12 full price, £6 concession.
    Book on Eventbrite or come into the bookshop.
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  4. Film night: Love at First Sight

    Love at First Sight, 2010
    Saturday 4 November, 5.30pm and 6pm
    Raising donations towards the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Do you believe in love at first sight? When Arthur (JOHN HURT) spots Ruth (PHYLLIDA LAW) he knows in his heart that it's true.
    Award Winning Short Film, Running Time 12 mins 40 secs.
    Director, Michael Davies
    Writer, Julian Unthank
    Starring, John Hurt and Phyllida Law 
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  5. Afternoon Acoustic: Evy Frearson

    Evy Frearson, live at the bookshop
    25 October, 3.30pm, Free
    Evy is an actor and singer/songwriter who loves to explore storytelling through multiple mediums. Her writing and playing style is influenced by her love of the legends and standards from the 70s and 90s , moving from Stevie Wonder to Jeff Buckley and then on to more contemporary artists such as Yebba & John Mayer. 
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  6. Hedgerow Basketry

    Hedgerow Basketry: an Introduction to weaving with foraged materials with Shane Waltener
    Starting Saturday 14 October, 2.30pm, £12/ £6 per session

    Working with plant materials, workshop participants will be introduced to a number of basketry techniques - coiling, twining, plaiting, stake and strand, interlacing - with demonstrations, making, skill exchanges producing a collection of works over the course of three sessions at The Nose.

    Shane Waltener is a Walton based artist, author of Practical Basketry Techniques published by A&C Black, co-founder the Walton Flax Exchange, associate lecturer with Entelechy Art and associate lecturer at the University of the Arts London.

    Week 1: Saturday 14 October, 2.30pm

    Week 2: Saturday 21 October, 2.30pm

    Week 3: Saturday 28 October, 2.30pm

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