News from the Nest

Hello! We’re writing to you from our cosy 4th floor vantage point overlooking Coventry, the UK’s City of Culture 2021, with some titbits about forthcoming Birds activity:

Spon Spun Festival 2018 (Coventry)

Spon-Tryptich-1Sat Sept 8th – Walk With Me…

Come and tune in to some of the secrets of Spon End in the company of our guide, radio enthusiast and inventor, Herbert Cleaver. Expect a trail of the unexpected – and help us develop this work-in-progress walking tour by giving your feedback afterwards over tea & cake.

At Spon Spun 2018 we’re piloting this, the first of our city trails commissioned as part of Coventry City of Culture’s Great Place project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Tours at 1pm & 2.30pm from outside the Oasis Community Cafe, Spon End CV1 3BL. Free and suitable for all ages, and route is ramp accessible, but pre-booking essential by e-mailing access@talkingbirds.co.uk (please state how many places you would like to reserve and any access requirements you’d like to let us know about). Please note that the route lasts about an hour and we will be walking pretty continuously, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather!

Screenshot 2018-09-06 09.38.58.pngSat Sept 15th – The Female Warrior

As part of the Spon Spun Art Trail https://www.sponspun.co.uk/artists/, and honouring the 2018 Heritage Open Day theme of Extraordinary Women, we will be giving the Coventry Premiere of our outdoor performance telling the extraordinary true story of Hannah Snell who, in 1746, joined the army in Coventry in the guise of a man and whose life as soldier, marine, mother, stage performer & publican defied the conventions of the time. “Captivating” (Audience Member)

Performance times: 1pm & 4pm In the garden behind Langar Aid House on Doe Bank Lane (next to historic Spon Bridge) CV1 3AR

The performance is FREE and lasts 40 minutes and is suitable for all ages. CAPTIONS [subtitles] will be broadcast to Mobile Devices via THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE app. More details: https://www.talkingbirds.co.uk/DE

Also coming up:

Screenshot 2018-09-06 09.34.13The Whale…
at Llawn Festival, Llandudno Promenade 15th-16th Sept 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm both days https://www.llawn.org/

at Kenilworth Arts Festival 29th Sept 11am – 4pm https://www.kenilworthartsfestival.co.uk/whats-on/

We’re recruiting Board Members!
Would you be interested in joining our dynamic board to help steer the company’s exciting flight towards 2021 and beyond? Please contact us by e-mail so we can arrange an informal chat!

And finally…

A chance to win a Talking Birds’ exclusive Artist-Designed Prize bundle!
Have you been to one of our shows this year? If so we’d love to hear how you found it (and help us report to our funders!) – you’ll get the chance to enter the prize draw once you’ve completed this 5 minute survey:
https://goo.gl/forms/RzALv31vQHea24pr2

That’s all the news from the TBs Nest for now – if you’d like to join our mailing list and get all the news from the nest direct to your inbox, you can sign up here: http://www.talkingbirds.co.uk/pages/mailing_list.asp

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