Last time I was here I mentioned UNFEST, a weekend of free music and art that unfolds over several venues in Tunbridge Wells throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend. For me Unfest kicked off last night with a reading night (Read Your Words for Unfest) at Javabean cafe. I would have loved to have gone on to the first night launch party at The Forum, but alas my son had to get up for college so a late one wasn’t on the cards. We will make up for that tonight.
Talking of cards*, I also mentioned ‘Postcards from the Hedge’ – an interactive project asking visitors to Unfest to post messages – poetry, art, flash fiction, whatever – for us to share throughout the weekend. This year there are three ‘postboxes’ – one at Javabean, one at The Forum, and one at the Library and Art Gallery. If you’re passing, pick up a card, grab a pen and drop us a line. A small selection of last year’s postcards were used to make a promotional video:
In addition to poetry and postcards, two friends and I, under the banner Festfiction, have provided a variety of writing and art for Javabean cafe visitors to enjoy while savouring the delights on offer from the kitchen. There’s everything from flash fiction and poetry for those grabbing a quick Americano through to 2000+ word short stories and local interest articles for those enjoying a more relaxed dining experience. There’s even stuff to keep the kids entertained and out from under the waiting staff’s feet.
If you live in or near Tunbridge Wells I hope you can find the time to enjoy all the weekend’s promised sunshine, and at least some of the wonderful and free music, words and art on offer. You would be daft not to!
* see what I did there?