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 – Steampunk Ceilidh (by Sophie Swallow)

Steampunk Ceilidh

The Steampunk Ceilidh was a unique experience. The venue was a giant tent in the middle of the Fuse Festival at Beacon Park. All of the band members stood on a platform to check the public got the dance moves. They had traditional but folksy outfits that suited their personalities perfectly. At first the congregation puzzled over how to do the dances but soon we realised how to master the steps. The musicians helped us to get all the moves correct and it was a piece of cake once we got the hang of it; some of the participants got a bit carried away. The square dancing was very confusing and lots of the population didn’t get what to do. After a lot of explaining most people got what moves needed to be included. Everyone enjoyed it as it was a fun event and it was hilarious seeing everyone attempting to get the right steps. After at least 3 dances, everyone was in hysterics. A few families sat out for 1 or 2 dances just to have a rest but the majority didn’t stop dancing. At the end of the Ceilidh, we did a fun dance altogether which got all of us boogieing and laughing. Finally, everybody said goodbye as everyone departed.

by Sophie Swallow (age 9)