Legendary pop poet and rock musician Martin Newell will give this year's Brightlingsea WinterFest a high-profile launch with an afternoon cabaret performance on February 1st.The event is taking place at The Rosebud pub on Hurst Green, Brightlingsea, starting at 2.30pm. It will mark the start of the month-long WinterFest, which has a packed programme including music, arts and crafts, spoken word, comedy, a wellbeing and fun weekend and pancake parties.
Mike Mathieson, who organises the spoken word events for WinterFest said: “We are delighted to welcome Martin back for what will be a great way to launch this year's WinterFest. Martin says he will be giving us 'A one-off cabaret performance with no artsy nonsense, just entertainment'."
Mike added: “The afternoon will feature Martin's poetry, music and excerpts from his latest book, The Greatest Living Englishman, which came out in paperback in 2019. Last year was an important one for Martin, as there was also a film about his life, Upstairs Planet, which was shown here and in the USA.”
Self-proclaimed rebel Martin lives in Wivenhoe and, as well as being one of the area's best loved entertainers, he is also known as one of the nation's most widely-published poets.
His new book covers the decades from 1975 to 1995 and is the second instalment of his funny and evocative rock memoir.
As well as Martin's cabaret afternoon, the spoken word events at this year's WinterFest will include recitals of poetry and prose by the Brightlingsea Creative Writers' Group, who will be signing copies of their recently-published anthology, called Brightlingsea and Beyond. The recitals will take place at Brightlingsea Library on Saturday February 15, from 11am to 12 noon.
There will also be an acoustic and spoken word event for WinterFest at The Railway Tavern in Brightlingsea on Sunday February 23 from 2pm to 6pm, which promises to be a laid back way to while away a winter afternoon.
The spoken word events are free and donations can be given at the venues, with the proceeds going to the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund and Mid and North East Essex Mind.