Welcome to Wednesday Wishes. Curiously this week my world has expanded. Even though I am no longer straying further away from my house than I can walk I have spent time in Malaysia and discovered how to explore deep space. We start with a glimpse of Epsom Racecourse where there thousands of people are being injected with Covid vaccine.
Festival of the Week
Head on over to the South Bank, well virtually not in person, for the Inside out Festival. Poetry, Music and talks will be streamed from late January to March. Events kick off with the T S Eliot Poetry prize. I’m really looking forward to the Cinematic Orchestra which promises electronic jazz with a light show. Details and tickets are available on the Southbank website
Exhibition of the Week
A couple of years ago the V&A staged Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up that melded art, textiles and myth all things that I love. Now over on the V&A YouTube Channel you can watch a film about how the mannequins were made and designed. I confess that I assumed that they were just regular models with rather natty heads. Turns out that they were painstakingly designed and built using the very latest technology.
Chance to be in an Exhibition of the Week
Every year the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich host the Astronomy Photographer of the Year award and an exhibition of the winning photographs it is always a stunning show. This years competition has just opened for entries and there are two new categories Newcomer of the Year and Image Innovation. Pop over to the museum website for tips on how to take out of this world pictures. For the Annie Maunder Prize for Image Innovation you don’t need to take you own original image but do need to be a whizz with image manipulation.
Book of the Week
Fragile Monsters by Catherine Menon tells the tale of Durga coming home to spend Diwali with her grandmother. Over the course of the weekend fireworks and floods bring to light long buried family secrets. Love and a small bit of lust underpin the story that takes in the brutality of war and of independence struggle. Most of all it made me want to go to Malaysia.
When I was sent Fragile Monsters the publication date was last week this has now moved to April 8. Still a fantastic book but one to pre-order for now. Need more lockdown reading inspiration? Check out my Best Books of 2020
Congratulations to Linda Curtis who won last week’s giveaway of The Surplus Girls’ Orphans by Polly Heron
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Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?