Mon 5 – Sun 11 March 2018
The Deep Blue Sea, Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 8-10 & 15-17 March
This should be good. A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. This is Terence Rattigan’s classic. 8pm.
Liz Earle, Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth, Weds 7 March
Liz Earle MBE is coming to Letchworth to help us all to be radiant before, during and after the menopause. Sounds good to me! Liz is known for her passion for beauty, natural health and wellbeing, as well as her considerable charity and campaign work. She co-found the Liz Earle Beauty Co., now owned by Walgreen Boots Alliance. This is a David’s Bookshop event at the Spirella Ballroom.
Liz Earle Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth SG6 5ET
Writing and getting published event, Bibliomaniac, Harpenden, Weds 7 March
Bibliomaniac is always up to something good in Harpenden. She organises brilliant events that are usually packed out. Ian Ridley, Kerensa Jennings, Jennie Ensor and Jessica Duchen will be talking about their novels, their writing and their road to publication. Free drink & goody bag included in the £10 ticket price. 8-10pm.
Bibliomaniac The Harpenden Arms, 188 High Street, AL5 2TR
Zoe Folbigg, The Note, David’s Bookshop, Thurs 8 March
Zoë Folbigg plucked up the courage to give a note to the handsome man on the Hitchin to Kings Cross commuter train and her bravery paid off. They are now married and have two children. Zoë then wrote her debut novel The Note, a book I loved so much I read it in one go. She’ll be talking about being bold and writing a bestseller in David’s Bookshop on Thursday. 7.30pm.
Zoë Folbigg at David’s Bookshop, Eastcheap, Letchworth, SG6 3DE
Community tree planting, Heartwood Forest, Sun 11 March
Do you know Heartwood Forest? It’s (almost) a brand new forest, planted from scratch. On Sun 11 March, the last trees are being planted and everyone is invited to join in. Trees are provided! And you’ll also be shown how to plant them, so novices are welcome. Wear wellies or boots. Park in the main car park and there will be shuttle buses to and from the planting site. Refreshments will be on sale. Free! Booking not necessary.
Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, until 11 March
Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.
Nicholas Hytner, Kings Place, London, Sun 11 March
Nicholas Hytner, former artistic director of the National Theatre, talks about his experiences gained working with many of the leading actors, musicians and designers in the UK. Expect behind the scenes stories from many of his productions, including The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors. Chaired by none other than David Hare. 2pm.
Jewish Book Week Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG