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Graham Harvey: In Search of Countryside Treasure

Friday 29 June  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

An evening with Graham Harvey, Ambridge’s ‘Minister of Agriculture’

With music by Alastair Collingwood

Writer of over 600 episodes of The Archers – the world’s longest-running radio soap opera – and creator of some of its most memorable storylines and characters, Graham Harvey looks back on his time with the programme and explains how it is created. Fans will enjoy the light-hearted pub quiz on the show!

With live music, songs and readings from his stage play, No Finer Life, Graham explores our relationship with the countryside. “Farming,” he says, “the state of the land, its impact on the countryside and the quality of the food it produces, and our individual health are inextricably linked. Getting it right is perhaps the most important challenge of the 21st century. Deciding what we do, even discussing it, should not be left to politicians, industry or those working the land alone. Everyone should be part of a great debate.”

A discussion and Q&A session on rural life concludes the evening.

One of the most influential campaigners on rural matters in the UK, Graham writes for The Sunday Times, New Scientist, and Country Life, and for three years he wrote the ‘Old Muckspreader’ column in Private Eye. The author of We Want Real Food and The Carbon Fields, his views have reached national prominence (the current Minister for Agriculture is a confirmed disciple!). His other plays include The Darkness of the Sun, the story of the writer Henry Williamson.

£10.00
Tickets available online with no additional booking fee. You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50).
Tickets also available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488683667)
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Roger Phillips – Wild Cooking

Monday 2 July  7:30pm      The Croft Hall

An illustrated talk based on Roger’s forthcoming book Wild Cooking, which covers mushrooms, edible flowers, newly discovered vegetables, drinks, and cooking over wood fires outdoors.

The perfect companion to a day in the countryside!

Free entry (retiring collection) – no ticket required
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Author talk – Joy Rhoades

Monday 2 July  7:30pm      The Library

Join author Joy Rhoades as she talks about her engaging novel The Woolgrower’s Companion.

Set in Australia in 1945 this the gripping story of one woman’s fight to save her home, and a passionate tribute to Australia’s landscape and its people. Bittersweet and inspired in part by her own grandmother’s experiences on a farm during WW2, this book makes a great summer read – why not bring along your book group?

“A heartbreaking tale, beautifully told. Magical” Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

Tickets available from Hungerford Bookshop (01488 683480) & Hungerford Library (01488 682660)

£6.00
Tickets also available online.
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Alpines of the Western Pacific Coast – Kit Strange

Monday 9 July  7:30pm      The Croft Hall

International speaker Kit Strange is responsible for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s extensive alpine bulb collection. She has worked with colleagues in the Falklands to propagate native species and restore degraded habitats, and has recently returned from a month-long plant-hunting trip along the western Pacific Coast from Alaska to Denver.

Free entry (retiring collection) – no ticket required
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State of the Nation – Ayesha Hazarika

Friday 13 July  8:00pm      The Croft Hall

Politics, power and how we lost the plot

Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.

Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought-after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.

Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one-woman show ‘Tales from the Pink Bus’ was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and she’s been in huge demand on TV and radio.

Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics.

Not only is she extremely funny, but she uses her inside knowledge of the Labour machine to deadly effect. Though always sharp and on the money, she is never cruel and manages to create a world I never thought possible. Catch her if you can.
John Crace, The Guardian

£10.00
Tickets available online with no additional booking fee. You can also order your pre-show supper here (£8.50).
Tickets also available from the Box Office (Newbury Building Society, Hungerford) and by telephone (01488683667)
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