Video: Watch movie star John Hurt performing Jabberwocky at Voewood Festival in north Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:09 17 August 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 17 August 2014

Jabberwocky by John Hurt.

Jabberwocky by John Hurt.


Impromptu readings of Jabberwocky by John Hurt, energetic live music and though-provoking literary talks are some of the highlights at this year’s Voewood Festival.

Festival-goers enjoying the atmosphere at Voewood Festival. Picture: BEN KENDALLFestival-goers enjoying the atmosphere at Voewood Festival. Picture: BEN KENDALL

The small boutique arts festival at the High Kelling arts and crafts home, in its third year, started on Friday and finishes tonight.

Peter Hook and The Light headlined last night and played Joy Division and New Order favourites.

Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young headlined on the opening night.

Former Ultravox and Band Aid star Midge Ure and Glen Matlock, who was the bass guitarist in the original Sex Pistols line up, will conclude the festival tonight.

Members of the Norfolk-based Creative Orchard arts collective creating a mosaic at Voewood Festival. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIEMembers of the Norfolk-based Creative Orchard arts collective creating a mosaic at Voewood Festival. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Rare book dealer Simon Finch, owner of Voewood house and the man behind the boutique event, said: “Voewood is about creativity and inspiring people. The artists love it because it is old school and not about being shepherded from tent to tent. I wanted to create a festival that I wanted to go to. We are providing something very different.”

He described the atmosphere as lovely and said everyone at the festival could mix together, including performers.

“It is really intimate in the right way. The line-up this year is incredible. Voewood is more like a garden party but there are big stars here,” Mr Finch added.

He hoped to reinvent the event each year.

Mr Finch wants to create more of a village camping area at future festivals and link in with the popular Holt Festival.

Author Jenny Boyd, who wrote It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, said: “There is a really lovely audience at Voewood. It has a great atmosphere. The mix of art is great and works well.”

Festival-goer Nicky Francis-Lubbock, 54, a matron at Gresham’s Senior School, said: “I’m surprised how much is going on. The house has a certain magical quality. I’m always amazed what is going on in north Norfolk musically but we need more literary events like this.”

Other attractions today include John Hurt speaking about his acting life, a debate between north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and Michael Baker, the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for north Norfolk, and arts and crafts for children and adults.

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