I’ve just come back from The Wilderness Festival held at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire and what an amazing event it was. There was a cornucopia of amazing things you could do. I only touched the surface and there was so much more I’d love to have done but a weekend was never gonna be enough! Here’s a taster of the things I got up to at Wilderness.

This is the inside of the Forum tent where they held literary events and discussions. I love they way this marquee was decorated with flying books!

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I went swimming in the beautiful Lake.

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Look, that’s me, just to prove I really did!

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The headline act on main stage was Bjork – she was sensations. She dressed as some kind of weird insect.

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And she set the stage alight! You could feel the heat from those fireballs in the audience. There were fireworks too.

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There was this crazy and very rude vaudeville act called Tiger Lilies on a stage designed to re-create 1930’s Berlin. They did a song called ‘I’m a Pervert”!

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I made a pendant with an ogham symbol for the oak tree in brass. Well, I was quite pleased with it anyway!

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I listened to Deborah Maggoch talk about adapting her books for film screenplays for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever (coming out later this year)

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There was a wacky cricket match on ‘The Village Green’ between The Wilderness XI and an Australian XI with a saucy commentary. There were 14 streakers in one innings. The score card showed score, wickets, overs and number of streakers!

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This is a band called Caravan Festival. They play a kind of electro-1920s dance music that was lots of fun.

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There was even some Morris dancing!

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The Saturday Night Spectacular was, well, truly spectacular.

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Those are real people suspended from the crane there – all volunteers. Crazy fuckers!

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Finale of the Saturday Night Spectacular

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I went to see Holland Park Opera do a version of Alice in Wonderland in the walled garden. But their Red Queen was nowhere near as scary as my Fetish Red Queen!

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Yay, some sub-Saharan Tourag blues from Bombino. Love it!

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I’m exhausted – and that’s only touched the surface of all the different stuff you could have got up to.

 

 

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