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Liv Torc on Zoom Monday evening 7 June:
“Haiflu Ever After”
Doors open 6:00; event starts at 6:15, ends 7:15 p.m.

A free event – but please donate as much as you can towards supporting Liv’s life as an artist and further developing the work of Arts Destination South Molton! To book please see the Events page.

A collective act of poetry, photograph, music and film, involving more than 8,000 crowd-sourced haiku, and over 500 “citizen artists”, Project Haiflu is inspired and led by performance poet Liv Torc.

It is a newly minted hybrid art form, uniquely adapted to the nation’s creative needs during and post pandemic. It’s been featured on BBC R4’s Today Programme, in The Times and continues to inspire hundreds of people to write poems.

Liv’s “Haiflu Ever After” is a touring show of the Haiflu project and, also, her lockdown story… to take to festivals and other venues across the UK in the summer. We are delighted she will be performing for us as part of South Molton’s Deep Roots Festival. At every show more Haiflu will be created to add to the archive.

So expect an event full of creation, interaction, fun – and some moving story-telling!


Patrick Monahan on Zoom Friday evening 11 June: “Started From The Bottom, Now l’m Here”
Doors open at 7:45; event starts at 8:00, ends 9:00 p.m.

Patrick Monahan

This event costs £10 per device – inclusive of booking fee. To book please see the Events page.

Multi award winning comedian and favourite Patrick Monahan tours with a highly successful, brand new stand-up show, as seen The One Show (BBC), Fake Reaction (ITV) & Celebrity Squares (ITV) : smart and funny observations on a new -found, middle class lifestyle with ski holidays, through the prism of poor, immigrant, living-in-a-caravan roots.

What the critics say: “Rip roaringly funny…..fun! Another hour would have suited everyone” ★★★★★ One4Review

“Possesses the rare ability to be hilarious without being outrageous”  ★★★ THREE WEEKS

Patrick is adored by all audiences with whom he makes an effortless connection!

He has performed in South Molton, at the Plough Live at the George – to very appreciative, engaged and happy audiences.

So, what we say is: “Zoom Patrick into the heart of your lives and your spirits will be lifted on laughter!”


Ann Cleeves on Zoom Saturday morning 12 June: The Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Long Call.
Doors open at 10:15; event starts at 10:30, ends 11:30 a.m.

Anne Cleeves

A free event – but all donations will go towards supporting the work of South Molton Library and Arts Destination South Molton. Please give generously! To book please see the Events page.

One of the UK’s leading crime writers, Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels and is an international bestseller, translated into many languages.

Her most recent novel is The Darkest Evening, the 9th in her Vera Stanhope series; she is the creator of the equally popular detective Jimmy Perez. Both can be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland.

The Long Call, also being televised for ITV, is the first in Ann’s new series, Two Rivers (The Taw & The Torridge), and has Braunton Burrows as its backdrop. The Guardian says Ann is “The best living evoker of landscape” so you will recognise other settings in North Devon too!

Ann worked as a probation officer, librarian, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She remains a passionate champion for libraries and this event is organised thanks to the generosity of South Molton Library.


Ashley Solomon on Zoom on Saturday evening 12 June: Three Musical Friends Play
Doors open at 6:45; event starts at 7:00, ends at 8:00 p.m.

A free event – but please donate as much as you can to enable the artists and ADSM to continue with their projects. To book please see the Events page.

Professor Ashley Solomon of the Royal College of Music will play together with local musicians Joanna Preston and Tom Bayliss. The two woodwind instrumentalists and one pianist will play from a South Molton venue creating the professionalism and excitement expected of a classical concert – but one with a twist!

Full programme notes can be downloaded here.

The programme will consist of:

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) – Two in One upon a ground
two alto recorders and continuo

Georg F Handel (1685-1759) – Sonata in D (Fitzwilliam collection) Largo, Vivace
alto recorder and continuo

Georg Ph. Telemann (1681-1767) – Fantasia No.2 in A minor
solo flute

Martino Bitti (c.1655-1743) – Sonata 5 Largo, Allegro
bass recorder and continuo

Johann S Bach (1685-1750) – Partita BWV1013 Sarabande & Bourrée Angloise
solo flute

Serge Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) – Vocalise Op34 No14
tenor recorder and piano

Anon – Estampita Lamento di Tristano
solo medieval tenor recorder

Jacob van Eyck (c.1590-1657) – Variations on Wat zalmen ob den avond doen
solo soprano recorder

William Williams (1675-1701) – Trio Sonata Op.1 No.6 “In Imitation of Birds”
two alto recorders and continuo

Ashley Solomon – baroque flute and recorders
Jo Preston – recorders
Tom Bayliss – piano


 Maya Bodiley on Zoom Sunday morning 13 June: Speaking in Tongues, a dance film.
Doors open 9:45; event starts at 10:00, ends at 11:00 a.m.

Maya Bodily

A free event – but please donate as much as you can to enable Maya and  ADSM to carry on with exciting events. To book please see the Events page.

Maya studied Dance at the University of Chichester, spending her second year in Portugal. Since becoming freelance, Maya has been performing, teaching and collaborating with artists in Europe and the UK. Maya is passionate about dance for everyone and wants to bring people together through the joy of moving and connecting.

Choreographed and filmed by Maya in Spain, in collaboration with two other dancers, her film is colourful and light-hearted, accessible for all ages – and intriguing for younger people. They will love the didgeridoo music, played by Maya’s uncle, Stephen Kent.

A fun, interactive movement class will follow the film. It will explore the themes of communication in the film, drawing on the physical language we all have within us.

After moving and grooving, there will be some time to wind down together and ask Maya questions.


Small Town Jones on Zoom
Sunday evening 13 June:
A Livestream Gig
Doors open at 7:45; event starts at 8:00, ends at 9 p.m.

A free event – but all your generous donations will be shared between Small Town Jones and Arts Destination South Molton. To book please see the Events page.

“Breath-taking, full of subtle storytelling, sparse yet effective instrumentation and dreamy melodies!” ★★★★★ Maverick

“In tune with the folk-rock of John Martyn, questing for hope, love and warmth” ★★★★ Q

Jim Jones is not only an acoustic guitar player and song writer of growing repute, but also a campaigner. He led the crusade to try to save the Factory Petroc Venue from being permanently closed, which expressed heartfelt messages from a community that values culture and live music in North Devon.

He was seen on the Spotlight News in February talking about his live-streaming during Lockdown: Sunday Night Fireside Sessions. He talked about providing a service, connecting to people, tuning in, joining in, giving comfort and being heart-warming.

You can replicate that sense of community, the dreaminess, warmth, passion and hope by tuning into Jim’s live music session for Deep Roots Festival!