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First Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival 2007

The 2007 festival is over but you can review the events from it here.
Planning is already well underway for 2008!

Click here to download the complete PDF of the 2007 festival


Festival Choral Evensong
13 July 2007 at 6:30 PM


Festival Choral Evensong with joint choirs of St Michael’s and St Nicholas’ churches.

Venue: St. Michael's Church, St. Michael's Place
Price: Free


Sake Dean Mahomed
14 July 2007 at 4:30 PM


How did Sake Dean Mahomed, born in Patna, India, in 1759 and buried in St Nicholas churchyard 92 years later, become a Brighton Regency celebrity? Marilyn Creese, a historian with a particular interest in medical history gives an illustrated talk on his extraordinary life as writer, entrepreneur, Shampooing Surgeon to the King and his role in Brighton Society.

Venue: St. Nicholas' Church, Dyke Road
Price: £7 (£5) Click here to book online or pay on the door.


Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir
14 July 2007 at 7:30 PM


Brighton Welsh Male Voice Choir (chaired by local architect Bernard Howells) was founded in 1978 for those who enjoy th tradition of Welsh male voice singing (with harp accompa- niment); programme includes hymn tunes, traditional Welsh melodies, songs from the shows, many spirituals, and a harp solo.

Venue: St. Nicholas' Church, Dyke Road
Price: £8 (£6) Click here to book online or pay on the door.


Old Man in a Hurry
15 July 2007 at 2:00 PM


A former International President of PEN and Chairman of the Society of Authors, Francis King has led an eventful and vigorous life. At 84 he continues to do so. After itinerant service in the British Council, he decided, in his early forties, to become a freelance writer and eventually settled in Brighton. But when the expenses of a libel action over his Brighton novel A Domestic Animal obliged him to sell his Montpelier Villas house, he moved back to London, where eventually, in addition to fiction writing, he was drama critic of the Sunday Telegraph for almost ten years. He has just published a novel With My Little Eye. He will talk about life and work with his old friend and long-time Brighton resident Peter Burton, reviewer and former literary editor.

Venue: St. Michael's Church, St. Michael's Place
Price: £7 (£5) Click here to book online or pay on the door.


Five Years in The South
15 July 2007 at 4:00 PM


The South (www.thesouth.org.uk) is ‘a Brighton-based writers’ network and literary arts agency which has fun with words and developing projects, talents and communities in Brighton, Sussex and the south. John Davies looks back on five years of development of this vibrant organisation, and new activities ahead. A writer, poet and film maker, with his award-winning Shedman (www.shedman.net), his new poetry collection Keep Smiling is due out in 2007. The South is currently working on a project involving landscapes in the High Weald and writing. John Davies and Corinne Attwood are collaborating on a literary magazine to showcase the writing talent of our region.

Venue: St. Michael's Church, St. Michael's Place
Price: £7 (£5) Click here to book online or pay on the door.


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