Fay Weldon to speak at Corsham arts festival
Feminist author Fay Weldon and radio presenter Peter White will be coming to Corsham later this month, as part of a new programme examining the relationship between disability and the arts.
The Pound Arts Centre is hosting SenseAbility, a series of free events, screenings and workshops featuring artists and industry professionals.
Weldon, who is currently professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University, will be in conversation with neuropsychologist Dr Alison Lee on June 10 about her experience of ageing and its impact on her career.
White, who is blind, and hosts You and Yours and In Touch on BBC Radio 4, will discuss disability in the media and his radio career on June 13.
Both talks will be followed by question and answer sessions from the audience.
The centre’s resident artist Penney Ellis and documentary filmmaker Tanvir Bush will host a sensory photography workshop on June 10 aimed at blind and visually impaired participants, while visual art exhibitions and a short film contest will also feature.
Marketing coordinator Charity Colborne said: “It is great to have someone like Fay Weldon coming here, and we are hoping for a really good turnout.
“We want to encourage anyone to come along, whether they have a disability or visual impairment or not.
“We’ve also got a short film competition where we’re offering to have a showcase of the chosen films. It’s all based around inclusion and exclusion, lasting five minutes. We’re hoping lots of young filmmakers will take part and have their chance to have their film screened here at The Pound alongside two Pixar shorts.
“Although it’s just before our summer festival this is very different. It’s all looking at disability and the arts, and the relationship between them. It’s great we can hold it here at The Pound as we want to be accessible to as many people as possible.
“All tickets are all free, but we would advise on booking in advance, so give the box office a call or pop in and see us.”
The programme runs from June 9 to 14 at the centre on Pound Pill.
For more details, call the box office on 01249 701628, or see www.poundarts.org.uk