Arts Festival 2007


 Welborne Arts Festival

‘The skies above and earth below’


Our seventh festival, with the theme of ‘skies above and earth below’, included top quality visual art, music, literature, performance, archive film, flowers in the church, lunches, teas and ice creams.





Festival Highlights


Artist in Residence – Juliet Arnott

New Zealander Juliet Arnott is an artist and crafts person currently based in Norfolk. Her work reflects her respect for rural/indigenous craft work, and her interest in utilising naturally available surplus materials e.g. hazel/willow/found man-made objects.

For Welborne Arts Festival 2007 Juliet has made a large-scale outdoor sculpture nestled into the trees behind the church. This work will relate to the construction of shelter as seen in nature. The audience will be able to experience being inside, close to this woven structure. Juliet will be using locally sourced hazel from a sustainable source. Her construction technique makes reference to traditional coppice craft and basketry.

See more about Juliet on her website

Juliet also worked on-site during the festival weekend – Saturday 16 June and Sunday 17 June

An outdoor exhibition included life size sculptures by Neal French, metal sculptures by Berni Marfleet and Sarah Florence’s deer.

Marquee exhibitions this year are by the Inprint group of poets and artists, our regular high quality villagers’ exhibition and all the entries in our photography competitions.


Beth Webb (Saturday and Sunday)

Beth is a children’s writer and storyteller from Somerset. ‘Junkyard Dragon’, for younger children, was published early in 2007. ‘Star Dancer’, the first of a quartet, is published in paperback May 2007.

Tessa West (Saturday and Sunday)

Tessa is a novelist who lives in Harleston. Her next book will be ‘Companion to Owls’.

Simon Scarrow (Saturday)

Simon is the author of many books about the Romans His new book ‘The Generals’ is published in May 2007.

Sarah Bower (Sunday)

Sarah teaches at UEA and is Literature Development Officer at Creative Arts East. Her new book ‘The Needle in the Blood’ is published on 2 May 2007.

Daljit Nagra (Sunday) as part of Norfolk Reads & Writes. This link is devoted to Norfolk Reads & Writes.



Beth Webb and Tessa West will be running workshops both days.

Dereham Library and the Dereham Times are encouraging individuals and local reading groups to read their work before the festival.



Live music of all sorts during Saturday 16 June, included performances by local schools as part of our 2007 schools project under conductor Sian Croose.

The Dereham Band performed at our Saturday evening concert in All Saints Church at 7.30 pm.

The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust provided all the music, gave talks and demonstrations throughout Sunday 17 June.



We were delighted to present our first ever puppet show called ‘My Tree’, a contemporary fairy story (for children and families, performed by Sussex-based,TheatreRotto productions.

Foolhardy Folk Clowns (from 11.30 a.m. both days; workshop 2.30 p.m. Sunday 17 June)

Town Crier: We welcome back Sheringham Town Crier, Tony Nelson, who will make sure you know what is going on.



Archive film from the East Anglian Film Archive.

Flower Festival


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