November in the Arts World


November Moonlight

November brings with it dark skies and colder weather, but it also brings us magic in the form of natural phenomenon. During the Wavelength event from 8th to 10th Nov, Torbay Astronomical Society will be capturing live images of the Moon, projecting them for audiences at Torre Abbey to see up close. How exciting is that! If clear, the Moon is well positioned out over Tor Bay (eastward) throughout all three evenings. if skies are cloudy, they will be linking real-time with the robotic SLOOH telescopes in the Canary islands.

Winter Fest returns to Torre Abbey

Torre Abbey’s annual Winter Fest will be taking place on 30th November and 1st December and the organisers are looking for volunteers to help out across the weekend. Roles include stewarding around the House, selling refreshments and assisting stallholders during set up and take down. ‘Join us,’ they say, ‘ for a magical festive weekend which promises to be both fun and sociable, with plenty of time for your own Christmas shopping.’

Hours are 9.30-5.30 on the Sat, and 9.30-7.30 on Sunday – with shifts available on full or half days.

Please contact if you are available.

Volunteering with Artizan

Artizan Gallery are seeking a volunteer to work with them in 2020 to help further their work promoting and supporting visual arts in the Bay. ‘The opportunity will provide invaluable experience of working in an arts environment,’ they tell us, ‘and will involve all aspects of the business from working with artists, preparing for and curating shows and other events, promotional activities, engaging with businesses, educators, collectors and exhibition visitors and working with us to develop strategies to encourage more people to engage with and experience visual arts.’

Initially they are seeking someone who has at least one day a week to spare and who has an interest in visual arts. They feel that this opportunity would provide an enriching experience for someone seeking to expand and broaden their knowledge of the arts or for someone considering a career in them.

You can find out more about Artizan at and can contact them on 01803 428626 or 07522 509 642 if you have any questions or you can arrange to call into the gallery.

Discovering the real Agatha Christie

Alice Graham, curator of the exhibition explains:

“I’ve become very fond of Agatha through the process of curating this exhibition. She was such a fun lady, and she’s sort of like the grandma we all want really. You know she had this amazing career, but actually, behind the scenes, she was loving and great fun. I think what I’ve taken away really from curating it, is it seems to me whatever happens in life, the words of Agatha Christie come back into my head and I think ‘oh yeah that’s what Agatha would have said, that’s what Agatha would have thought’. It’s had quite a big impact on me really and I’m very very fond of her.”

The exhibition ends on November 25th.


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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!