ULLSWATER’S INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WELCOMES THE ‘HIGHWAY CELLO‘  – HADRIAN’S WALL TO ROME BY BIKE AND CELLO!

ULLSWATER’S INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP WELCOMES THE ‘HIGHWAY CELLO‘ – HADRIAN’S WALL TO ROME BY BIKE AND CELLO!

Verey Books monthly Words on Wednesday events are back for 2024. The popular Pooley Bridge bookshop kicks off with a Words on Wednesday event with a difference on Wednesday 21 February 2024.

The ‘Highway Cello’ is about Kenneth Wilson’s journey, on a bike, and with his cello, from Hadrian’s Wall to Rome. Kenneth will be reading, talking about his journey, answering your questions and playing the cello.

In 2022 Kenneth cycled with his cello from Hadrian’s Wall to Rome, performing every day en route. The book of this adventure was published by City Village as Highway Cello, and now this performance tells that story through readings and music, ranging from Bach to Bond (007, that is), tango and Irish airs. The cello is sometimes abetted – sometimes subverted – by an arresting and acid poetical commentary. Kenneth was described by the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald as having “a wry perspective, an edge to his bow.  Arresting.”

An ex-vicar, failed property developer, and reformed vegetarian, who once ran an India travel company, Kenneth Wilson plays the cello with a moving and sonorous passion. He is the author of The Definitions of Kitchen Verbs, and Orange Dust: Journeys After the Buddha, which His Holiness the Dalai Lama described as “inspirational”.

Owner Al commented:

“I’m delighted that our Words on Wednesday events are back for a third year with such a strong start. I’ve wanted to include music in our programme for a while now so I’m very pleased that Kenneth will take us on a musical literary journey from our northern-most outpost of the Roman empire to its very heart on a deep, dark February evening. I hope to see lots of you there!”

Tickets cost £10 and include a welcome drink. To book, visit www.vereybooks.co.uk. Verey Books is located in Pooley Bridge on the shores of Ullswater. The book shop is open daily seven days a week from 10am – 5pm. Walking boots, bikes and book-curious children and dogs welcome. For further information, to book for these events or to buy gift vouchers or book subscriptions, visit www.vereybooks.co.uk

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