It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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Published date: July 17, 2019
Last modified: July 17, 2019

Young Critics Review 2019 – Great Jamaican Songbook (by Esme Boyle)

Great Jamaican Songbook

When we arrived  at the lovely Swinfen Hall we were shown through the trees to the court yard, adjacent to the walled garden. It was a beautiful setting.

The band were in place first and Cleveland joined soon afterwards. When they started to play I could instantly hear their love for their music. They didn’t just play the music, they lived the music. I admired Clevelands ability to suddenly switch into freestyle with his lyrics without any mistakes, I found the entire performance wonderful.

The joyous feeling in Cleveland’s rich, soulful voice seemed to be contagious- only a short while in everybody seemed to be up and moving to the music. Though, I think the sudden down pour had a helping hand. After the rain started and everybody ran for cover under an inconveniently small ledge, they soon realised there was not much point in ducking for cover and had a great time dancing in the rain with their drinks and umbrellas in hand accompanied by an impromptu ‘Singing in the Rain’ performed by Cleveland.

I really enjoyed Cleveland and his bands performance and would highly recommend them to everyone.

by Esme Boyle (age 13)