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Wise Words

Canterbury is the place to come for festivals - if you missed Edinburgh! Somehow Wise Words Festival ( has passed me by in previous years but maybe this year I will go along to one of the events to see what's happening.

"Wise Words is a festival that reawakens wonder and encourages curiosity. It offers unexpected, intimate and intriguing encounters with poetry and storytelling that invite people to see the world from a different perspective and to take time to pause"

It takes place over four days- 12th to 15th September - incorporating a wide range of things from a talk by Andrew Motion and story telling for primary schools, to music, dancing, opportunities to write, book swap, a street slam and creative activities for young people. Something for everyone!




Meet the Snails day

Festival time again! It’s the Strawberry Fayre at Brogdale this weekend so Sunday is the first ‘Meet the snails’ day of the summer season. I will be there with snails big and small explaining how they live to anyone who wants to listen. You can handle the big snails and let them explore your fingers. They’ll probably give you a gentle nibble to see what you’re made of but it doesn’t hurt – it tickles.Image People are often surprised to find that snails lay eggs but gardeners usually say ‘Oh that’s what they are!’ They’ve seen them in the garden, probably in the soil round a potted plant, but didn’t know what they were. The baby snails, for the mini snail farms, will wow everyone as usual – even people who don’t like snails have to admit that the babies are cute. Their shells are translucent and they move so fast, waving their ridiculously long antennae.Image

As well as the Roman snails I’ll be taking some petit gris – the little snails that are so popular in France.Image

(a reader who is more observant than I am noticed that this photo has been reversed so that the snail shell is spiralling the wrong way!)

Look forward to seeing you there!