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Country & Town House’s culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf discuss the week’s cultural offerings with a brilliant edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Country & Town House’s culture editor, Ed Vaizey, and associate editor, Charlotte Metcalf discuss the week’s cultural offerings with a brilliant edit of what you should be watching, reading, listening to, booking and visiting each week. Their roster of high profile guests adds illuminating insight to the current cultural landscape.

    43. Kamila Shamsie on Refuge Tales and Julian Opie’s New Show

    43. Kamila Shamsie on Refuge Tales and Julian Opie’s New Show

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    Plus historian James Holland on the Chalke Valley History Festival.

    We’re reading: Refugee Tales Volumes 1 to 3, Available from Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group

    https://www.gdwg.org.uk

    https://www.refugeetales.org/books

    We’re walking: In support of detainees 3rd and 4th July

    Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

    We’re visiting: 

    Chalke Valley History Festival, 23rd to 27th June

    Julian Opie at Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing, 25th June to 24th October

    Edited and Produced by Alex Graham

    • 30 min
    42. London Reimagined - Artist Zak Ové on Kensington & Chelsea Art Week

    42. London Reimagined - Artist Zak Ové on Kensington & Chelsea Art Week

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    We’re going to:

    Kensington + Chelsea Art Week,A World of Culture in West London, 21st June to 4th July

    The Other Art Fair, West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, 1st to 4th July

    We’re visiting:

    Our local bookshop to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week, 19th to 26th June, Indie Book Awards announced 25th June on Scala Radio

    www.bookshop.org

    We’re reading:

    The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

    Shortlisted for Award for Best Children’s Fiction in Indie Book Awards

    Edited and Produced by Alex Graham

    • 29 min
    41. An Epic Episode: Andrew Marr’s New Paintings, Iran at the V&A and Romeo & Juliet

    41. An Epic Episode: Andrew Marr’s New Paintings, Iran at the V&A and Romeo & Juliet

    Andrew Marr on painting and why the government needs to do more to support the arts, Ina Sarikhani Sandmann on redefining Iran at the V&A and Isabel Adomakoh Young on playing Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

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    We’re visiting:

    Town & Country

    New paintings by Andrew Marr, Eames Fine Art Gallery 9th June till 4th July

    https://www.eamesfineart.com/viewing-room/56-andrew-marr-town-country/

    Epic Iran

    Gallery 39 and North Court, V&A Museum, 29th May till 12th September

    https://vam.ac.uk/epiciran

    We’re booking:

    Romeo and Juliet

    Regents Park Open Air Theatre, 17th June till 24th July

    https://openairtheatre.com/production/romeo-juliet

    Edited and Produced by Alex Graham

    • 26 min
    40. We Go Haywire: Celebrating Hay Festival With Caroline Michel, Russell Tovey, Robert Diament and Tahmima Anam

    40. We Go Haywire: Celebrating Hay Festival With Caroline Michel, Russell Tovey, Robert Diament and Tahmima Anam

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    We’re visiting:

    Hay Festival till Sunday 6th June - https://www.hayfestival.com/home

    We’re reading:

    Talk Art: Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask by Russell Tovey & Robert Diament

    The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam

    We’re tuning into:

    Russell Diament and Robert Diament in conversation with Olivia Laing at 1 pm on the Baillie Gifford Digital Stage

    Tahmima Anam talks to Georgina Godwin at 3 pm on Baillie Gifford Digital Stage

    ‘Your Culture Needs!’ YouNeil Mendoza, Nina Plowman, Emma Rickett and Iwona Blazwick talk to Ed Vaziey at 5pm on Baillie Gifford Digital Stage

    • 34 min
    39. Impresario Raymond Gubbay Lowers The Tone and Raises The Roof and Parham House Opens its Doors With a New Exhibition

    39. Impresario Raymond Gubbay Lowers The Tone and Raises The Roof and Parham House Opens its Doors With a New Exhibition

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    We’re visiting:

    Adrian Sassoon at Parham

    A House of History - Online 26th May – 31st August

    In-Situ at Parham House : late June to 31st August
    www.adriansassoon.com

    https://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

    We’re reading:

    Raymond Gubbay’s autobiography - Lowering the Tone and Raising the Roof

    We’re watching:

    Capernaum - on All 4 and Amazon Prime

    Quo Vadis, Aida? - On Amazon Prime

    Edited and Produced by Alex Graham

    • 28 min
    38. World Bee Day, Barbara Hepworth at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery and 25 concert to celebrate London’s Wigmore Hall’s 120th birthday

    38. World Bee Day, Barbara Hepworth at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery and 25 concert to celebrate London’s Wigmore Hall’s 120th birthday

    We talk to Sarah Wyndham Lewis about bees, Simon Wallis, director of the Hepworth Wakefield  Gallery in West Yorkshire, and Wigmore Hall’s director John Gilhooly.

    To celebrate World Bee Day, Martin Miller’s Gin is offering listeners a 10% discount on all its ranges from 12th May till 31st October

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    Buy from https://www.masterofmalt.com

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    We’re reading:

    Planting for Honeybees: The Grower’s Guide to Creating a Buzz by Sarah Wyndham Lewis

    We’re visiting:

    Barbara Hepworth:  Art & Life at The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery

    From 21st May till 27th February 2022

    https://hepworthwakefield.org/whats-on/barbara-hepworth-art-and-life/

    The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    https://ysp.org.uk

    Summer Concerts and the Learning Festival at London’s Wigmore Hall

    https://wigmore-hall.org.uk

    https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/learning/learning-festival-2021-connectivity

    We’re making:

    A Bee’s Knee’s Cocktail

    Ingredients


    50ml Martin Miller’s SUMMERFUL Gin

    25ml fresh lemon juice

    20ml Bermondsey Street Bees Exmoor Honey


    Method


    Add the gin, lemon juice and honey to a shaker with some ice (if you don’t have a shaker, a jam jar or water bottle will do)

    Shake until chilled

    Strain into a cocktail glass

    Edited and Produced by Alex Graham

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Vivien7700 ,

Another excellent episode. #5 + all the rest!

Still enjoying this podcast immensely after a year. So many interesting guests! Charlotte and Ed interview everyone in such a friendly way teasing out all sorts of fascinating information from them. Brilliant! VM

Well done on another excellent episode! You certainly get some good guests to interview and these two didn’t disappoint. They were both extremely interesting and also seemed like very nice people.

Thanks for alerting me to Missan Harriman and his work. What a great person he is. I am also looking forward to visiting Eltham Palace which I’ve only so far seen on Antiques Roadshow and I’ve downloaded the Blue Plaque app - what a great idea to be able to get more information about the individuals commemorated.

Looking forward to the next episode!

Fi dog ,

Such Fun

In the midst of miserable lockdown, I get my weekly injection of interest/amusement/culture to inspire and cheer me along. A walk along the Thames with Charlotte and Ed on my AirPods, making me laugh out loud and scurry home to check out their recommendations on the internet, and a fantastic source of discussion with friends and family when frankly there isn’t much news or interest apart from cases and deaths and vaccines.
Ed and Charlotte add a personal dynamic to the discussions which give you the impression that anything could be said, and interviews fly off on wild tangents -I suspect this is an illusion as the whole show flows professionally and some one (charlotte?) obviously does a lot of research to unearth new and exciting material. I hope they keep going when we do actually break-out!

Our Gremma ,

fun and weirdly addictive.

I am loving this. The humour and interaction between Charlotte and Ed is uplifting, and funny. The content is well researched and does not disappoint. just what I want to know. Just what I need. Informative and honest, and unlike front row it dosn't take itself too seriously! I particularly enjoy listening because it makes me smile a lot, and laugh. I now look forward to the next instalment. Don't stop.

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