Mon 15 – Sun 21 May
Tooth and Claw writing workshop, Sat 20 May
If taxidermy gets your creative juices flowing, then this workshop could be for you. There is no doubt that the museum at Tring is stuffed full of stories just waiting to be told. This is a day-long workshop led by experienced and nurturing tutors. A good variety of activities and approaches and it’s suitable for everyone from beginners to the more experienced writer. 10.30am to 4.00pm £45.
The Life of Birds, Quentin Blake, House of Illustration, Granary Square
I love the House of Illustration. It’s in Granary Square, one of my fave places in London, and you can always find something interesting there. It’s home to the archive of Quentin Blake’s 35,000 drawings, and the plan is that from now until forever there will be a kind of rolling celebration of his work. This is the first exhibition of Blake’s birds and he has curated it himself. As he puts it: “I have always liked drawing birds. It’s a way of commenting on the people we see around us without actually drawing individuals.”
World Food Festival, Welwyn Garden City, Sat 20 May
It’s back! Hugely popular and great fun, this is now an annual event. You can’t miss it, just head for John Lewis, and before you know it, you’ll be weaving your way around the stalls dipping into your bowl of ceviche. (Other dishes on offer.) Starts at 11am – you’d be wise to skip breakfast at home.
Making Nature Work, Wellcome Collection, Euston Road – until Sun 21 May
If you’re heading to London Town, and your train arrives at Euston or Kings Cross, why not stroll up the Euston Road to see this exhibition? If you don’t know the Wellcome Collection, it’s a wonderful place. This free exhibition, How we see animals, is part of the Wellcome Collection’s year-long exploration into our relationship with nature. Film, photography, taxidermy, and all in an inspiring building with a fab cafe.