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12-6pm / Garth Tent @ Torre Abbey

100 percent quality, Grade-A downtime ”- Time Out

No holds barred, lively, engaging, provoking - the Sunday Papers Live is everything that alas most actual Sunday papers are not!" -Jon Snow (Channel 4 News)

The perfect shared day of rest - grab a beverage and recline in the comfy surrounds of the heated Garth Tent at Torre Abbey as we bring you a whole afternoon of speakers and performers representing various sections of a fictitious Sunday newspaper. From brilliant poets, chortlesome comedians and improv musicians to heated environmental debates, talks on radical solutions to failing local economies and crafty revolutions - the Sunday Papers Live is here to entertain, inform, rile, sooth, ruffle, tickle and inspire you. Slippers, dressing gowns and curious minds thoroughly encouraged. With guests:

Chris Purchase (Host & Comedian)

"Had the crowd roaring, lapped it up . Full of energy, loud, charismatic. Lovely." - The Stand

Fresh from a sell out run of his new show ‘Distracted’ at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, being a finalist for What’s On magazine’s Best Comedian 2016, 2017 and 2018, finalist for the Laugh Factory’s international joke of the year 2017 and recently hand-picked to support Reginald D. Hunter on tour Chris is currently taking the comedy scene by storm with his mix of light hearted anecdotes and cultural satire.

Apples & Snakes with Big Poetry (Spoken Word / News)

Nationally acclaimed spoken word group Apples & Snakes team up with Torquay’s very own Big Poetry to present the pick of some of the finest wordsmiths in the South West to keep you entertained with many a finely tuned verse. Featuring the talents of Samantha Boarer, Robert Garnham, Julie Mullen and Ross Bryant.

Louise Rainbow (The Craft Revolution / Culture)

Lou Rainbow has rejuvenated maker traditions in South Devon with her ongoing courses at The Craft Revolution at Dartington. For Sunday Papers at Grinagog, Lou will be discussing the personal transformative power of making for people of all abilities, the importance of craft in a culture of seemingly limitless consumption, and how craft can change the world.

Chris Hines - Promoter & Vegan Activist (Music & Environment)

Representing the Environment section on Earth Day is Chris Hines, a Torquay-based vegan activist and one of the organisers of the Devon Animal Save group. A vocal advocate for animal rights, Chris has done numerous college and university talks across the country on the subject and also recently qualified as an official school speaker for the Animal Aid charity. On top of this work, Chris is currently the director and host of the upcoming vegan music documentary ‘Taking Note’, which looks into veganisms affect on the music world and features high profile names such a Moby, Mya, No Doubt, Far Out Boy and many more. 

The Trio Of Men (Culture)

Hugh Nankivell - keyboards/accordion

Ben Ballard - cajon/percussion

Steve Sowden - guitars/effects

They sing in 7/8 time about Oliver heaviside, recreate Beck’s ‘Song Reader’ album, perform their own songs about illness and neighbours, sing adaptions fro the penguin Book of English Folk Songs and write instant songs with festival goers (Womad, End of the Road, Party in the Town…).

Today they will listen to The Sunday Papers and come up with immediate musical and vocal responses and also sing some other of their topical, geological and historical ditties.

Jay Tompt (REconomy Project / Money)

'Citizen-led Economic Transition”: How people can lead the change in their communities to regenerate their local economics in ways that are fair, inclusive and resilient, creating opportunities for young people and increasing the wellbeing of the community. It's possible. It's happening other places and it can happen here, too. In fact it already is...