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Something for everyone at arts festival

Kenilworth Arts Festival, September 17-23.

This week-long festival just keeps getting bigger and better. The organisers of this year’s extravaganza which opens tomorrow (Sunday, September 17), have come up trumps, serving up a number of varied art forms to make sure there’s something for everyone.

There will be festival firsts and some rare performances by leading musicians. One of the star turns, Gwilym Simcock, a multi-award-winning jazz and classical pianist, will make a rare solo appearance at the newly-refurbished St John’s Church.

The festival will host the first full exhibition of the ground-breaking street photographer and internet sensation, Amadeus Long, whose work will be on show right up until the festival ends on September 23, at The Gallery in Smalley Place.

Other treats will be a ceilidh with Galopede (St John’s Church) and, at The Talisman Theatre, two of the freshest contemporary writers of fiction in the UK, Kit de Waal and Sarah Moss, in conversation with the journalist, Alex Clark.

The venues are imaginative. The stunning Tudor Stables at Kenilworth Castle will host two immensely talented singer-songwriters, the internationally-acclaimed John Smith, with support from Hattie Whitehead, in addition to An Evening of Poetry (curated by Nine Arches Press) with readings by a group of acclaimed emerging writers.

The wonderful venture that is The Treehouse Bookshop will, once again, hold performances by an eclectic line-up of musicians, including The Rude Mechanicals Band and much-loved indie-folk musician, Brian Briggs, in collaboration with the poet, Paul Henry.

Meanwhile Kenilworth Books will host talks by authors Preti Taneja and Emma Flint.

The Priory Theatre will feature a discussion between nature writers, Alys Fowler and Will Ashon.

And don’t forget the festival’s opening Fiesta at Abbey Fields – free interactive fun for all ages, from 11am to 6pm tomorrow (Sunday, September 17).

For full details and tickets go to

Pictured: Ceilidh band Galopede who will be performing at St John's Church.

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