Sunday, July 13, 2014

Frome Festival finale...

A morning exploration of more of the magical 'hidden gardens' of Frome, where pools are definitely trending... my special favourites the tranquility of Dr Moxton's carp pool, and Alice Naish's wild-life-friendly garden welcoming newts, birds, and an evening hedgehog.
Then on to the Library where best-selling author Lesley Pearse, senior judge of the Frome Short Story competition, was handing out the winners' cheques.
Entries come from all over the world, so reaching the short-list is a real accolade for writers.  Lesley's top tip is "Persistence!" ~ and a healthy dose of longing too: "Don't be afraid to dream about it, because that's what will make it happen." Cheques handed to all the finalists, with Kerry Hood overall winner, and we adjourn to Divas for buffet & informal chat. Here's Lesley entertaining us in the library, and the top winners.

You'd think festival fatigue might have set in, but the Cornerhouse was crammed by 6 oclock for the Pete Gage Band, a sensational line-up of musicians fronted by charismatic Pete Gage himself. There wasn't really space to breathe, but we managed to, and to dance too.

So that's it, our revels now are ended, Frome Festival a receding memory... until October, when we start making plans for 2015...

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