Mon 16 – Sun 22 April
Camille O’Sullivan, Wiltons Music Hall, Mon 16 – Sat 21 April
Be drawn into a world of dark, light, circus and dreams with storyteller and singer Camille O’Sullivan. She will perform her intensely dramatic interpretations of the songs of Brel, Cave, Radiohead, Bowie and more in one of the most beautiful venues in London. 8pm.
Our Planet, Our Future, Rothamsted Institute, Sat 21 April
Just one of many exciting events happening during Sustainable St Albans Week. This is at Rothamsted in Harpenden and includes talks about knowledge, money, food and art. I think there’s even some poetry. It’s followed by an evening reception, where you can nobble – if that’s the word – the speakers. Farr Brew is providing drinks which is surely a good enough reason to go. 1.30pm.
Beatriz Milhazes, White Cube Bermondsey, from Weds 15 April
Ooo! Abstract colour and exuberant design. Just what we need. Beatriz Milhazes is a Brazilian painter who is full of energy and her work echoes European 20th-century modernists such as Kandinsky and Matisse.
Beatriz Milhazes, White Cube. SE1
Chroma, Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, Sun 22 April
A magical evening of meditative music exploring images of the ethereal and elemental. Cello, harp, violin and clarinet. What a wonderful way to end – and start – the week. 7pm.
Storytelling Masterclass, Elstree Film Studios, Thurs 19 April
A four-hour master class by Robert Thirkell, the world’s leading story consultant for television and factual features. His credits include multiple Baftas-winning series: Troubleshooter, Back to the Floor, Blood on the Carpet, Jamie’s School Dinners. The big surprise about this Creative England afternoon event is that it’s free! 2-6pm.
Storytelling Masterclass WD6 1JG
Herts Lit Fest, Watford Central Library, Weds 18 April
There are loads of good things going on this week and next and here’s the programme. The Women who Flew for Hitler by Clare Mulley is a story about two female test-pilots, Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg. Sounds good. 19.15pm. Watford Central Library.
How to Eat a Peach, Diana Henry, David’s Bookshop, Thurs 19 April
I absolutely love Diana Henry, both as a writer, and when she’s talking about food. She is, above all, a great storyteller. She’ll be in Letchworth this week when all will be peachy. I think this will sell out, so you need to be quick. 7.30pm.
Katie Piper – What’s In My Head, Hertford Theatre, Fri 20 April
This is Katie Piper’s debut theatre tour to share what she has learned through adversity. Uplifting and powerful and full of positivity. 7.30pm.
Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Broadway Theatre, Sat 21 April
There’ll be no shortage of material for Rich Hall when he steps on stage in Letchworth. But there’s more to his act than Trump. Improvised ballads and all the thigh-slapping, foot-stomping yee haa exuberance you could wish for. 7.30pm.
Record Store Day, David’s, Sat 21 April
Where better to celebrate Record Store Day than at David’s Music? The doors open at 8am, but even if you’re queuing overnight, musicians will entertain you. Then, when the doors open, you can look forward to RHI, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker and Alex Francis. Here’s my interview with Ashlie of David’s Music.
Open Garden, Serendi, Letchworth Garden City, Fri 20 & Sun 22 April
Tulips galore, mirrors, magnolias and meandering. Perfect. I’m writing this with the sunshine and it’s a lovely thought that we can start to look forward to lots garden visits in warmer weather. On Friday evening, wine will be served, and on Sunday, it’s tea and cakes. You choose.
Kate Terry, A System of Parallels, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, until Sun 22 April
While stocks last! This wonderful exhibition by British artist Kate Terry ends on Sunday. I urge you to go and see it! Kate Terry lives in London and she has created a thread installation for the gallery, that has to be experienced. There are also drawings and sculptures and lots of Farrow and Ball paint. Uplifting and colourful.
Broadway Gallery The Arcade, Letchworth, SG6 3EW