THE full programme of free events organised by the Folklore Library and Archive, and hosted at Crediton Library, has now been announced.

Funded by the National Grid Community Matters Fund, the events are part of the National Warm Spaces initiative, helping to combat fuel poverty.

A wide range of events have been booked between now and the end of March - all of them are free to attend and hot drinks will be available.

Folklore Library and Archive curator Mark Norman said: “The grant received from the National Grid has allowed us to book some top quality guests, some of whom would normally charge double-figure prices for tickets.

During one of the previous talks at Crediton Library.
During one of the previous talks at Crediton Library. (Crediton Library)

“We are able to present them completely free-of-charge, in a warm space saving people further money on heating while they attend.

“The high calibre of presenters means that we expect seat allocations for some events to fill up really quickly. We are releasing the full programme to the Courier now to allow people to book ahead and avoid disappointment later.”

The full programme of events is below.

All take place on a Friday evening at 7pm unless otherwise stated.

To book seats, please telephone Crediton Library on 01363 772578, book in person in the library or email: [email protected] . You can also pick up a printed programme of events from the library.


Friday, January 19 - Meet the author. Johnny Mains.

Author Johnny Mains will chat about two of the titles he has edited for British Library Publishing, “Celtic Weird” and “Scotland the Strange”.

Friday, January 26 - Concert. Paul Wilson.

Musician and co-founder of Wren Music, Paul Wilson, will perform songs and music from the Westcountry and beyond.

Friday, February 2 - Harp Recital. Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.

Professional harpist and composer Elizabeth-Jane Baldry performs all over the world as a soloist and orchestral performer. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a recital in Crediton. Book early.

Friday, February 9 - Games Evening. Character Creation Roleplay

Plymouth-based charity Character Creation Roleplay specialise in running games for all ages and abilities, including those with additional needs. They will be bringing a selection of family-friendly games to play.

Friday, February 16 - Film Screening. A Haunting in Venice.

In association with Crediton Library, a screening of the Agatha Christie penned film “A Haunting in Venice”, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Friday, February 23 - Storytelling.  Lisa Schneidau.

Professional storyteller Lisa Schneidau presents “Magic Fire and Singing River” - Russian stories and fairy tales with a twist.

Friday, March 1 - Lecture. Emma Cunis, “Dartmoor’s Daughter”.

Dartmoor tour guide Emma Cunis presents a talk on “Dartmoor Women Through the Ages”.

Sunday, March 3 - Concert. An Afternoon with Jim Causley.

Note, Sunday date. Popular folk singer Jim Causley returns to Crediton Library once again, this time with a solo concert of songs and stories. Book early.

Friday, March 8 - Lecture.  Emma Laws.

Exeter Cathedral librarian Emma Laws presents a talk about the cathedral and the items it holds in its historic library.

Friday, March 15 - Meet the Curator.  Kristy Turner.

Curator of the Museum of Dartmoor Life, Kristy Turner, discusses some of the objects displayed in the museum and talks about Dartmoor heritage.

Friday, March 22 - Author Talk. Using True Crime in Historic Fiction.

Author Tracey Norman talks about her latest novel, “Who is Anna Stenberg?” and the research and techniques used to weave true life crime stories into a fictional narrative.

Friday, March 29 - Meet the Curator.  Tony Gale.

Tony Gale, from Crediton Museum, discusses local history and heritage, and the work of the museum.