A beach is to be imported into the woods at Talbot Heath school this weekend (2nd and 3rd July) for the forthcoming Modernism-on-Sea Literature Festival. Visitors are invited to bring along shells and pebbles to decorate the shoreline that is being created (along with waves, a beach hut and deckchairs) with the help of Claudia from Wild Wood Forest School. The woodland seaside will be part of the festival that is aimed at lovers of literature, art and design and is to feature Bloomsbury authors and nationally acclaimed art, design and history experts who all share a love of the Modernist period - a time when rapid change, technological advances and scientific discoveries were reflected in the dynamic art, literature and design of the period.
All the talks, workshops and events will focus on the art and culture of the period, allowing visitors the chance to discover more about this exciting era. The beautiful woodland campus of Talbot Heath school, whose Modernist buildings were designed in 1935 by a pupil of Lutyens and which include features by Eric Gill, as well as interiors by Heals, will form the perfect backdrop to the event. The Bloomsbury set would thoroughly approve of the opportunity to while away some time in a deckchair in a quad, pondering the hues of Ravilious, the vibrancy of Vanessa Bell or the daring of Laura Knight.
The speakers, united in their passion for the period, will come armed to inform and entertain. Stalls will sell vintage items from the period, a pop-up bookshop, run by the independent Westbourne bookshop, will be housed within the oak panelled library and delicious tea and cakes will be served on vintage crockery. It is time for this underrated period of British culture and creativity to take centre stage.
A full programme and speaker profiles can be found on www.talbotheath.org/modernism-on-sea
Special thanks go to the excellent grounds team who have been working hard to prepare for this event.