Virginia Ironside


On Saturday 3rd May, writer, columnist and agony aunt Virginia Ironside brings her very entertaining show Growing Old Disgracefully to Ventnor. Still busy writing columns for the Independent as well as The Oldie Magazine, Virginia has also found time to write best-
selling books: “No! I don’t want to join a book club!” and “No! I don’t need reading glasses!”

This show, suitable for all ages, has grown from speaking at literary events about her books and takes a humorous look at how your sixties can be the best (and the funniest) time of your life! Tickets £ 12.00

On Sunday 4th May, festival goers can “brush up their Shakespeare”. No time to see all 37 plays or read all 154 sonnets? Then come and enjoy the highlights of the Bard’s work in Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits! Actor Lance Pierson presents the most famous speeches and sonnets from Hamlet to Henry and Richard to Romeo, while Soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain perform music inspired by Shakespeare’s work, from Purcell to Porter and Walton’s Henry V to Bernstein’s West Side Story. Tickets £11.00

Island artist and resident Jamie Vans will talk on Monday 5th May about the life of his great uncle Frank Vans Agnew, who travelled from America in 1914 to enlist, aged 46, in the Great War. His exploits in wartime saw him winning a Military Cross in 1917, and his story has now
been told in a book titled Veteran Volunteer – Memoir of the Trenches, Tanks and Captivity 1914 – 1919, due to be published in May this year by Pen & Sword Books . Free Event

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Isle of Arts is a broadly based Arts festival that takes place in Ventnor on the south coast of  the Isle of Wight across the (bank holiday) weekend of Friday 2nd May to Monday 5th May 2014. Events already confirmed for 2014 include BBC presenter and gardener Monty Don;  the Kyle Eastwood Band; poet Roger McGough; Tenors UnLimited; The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; comedian Rich Hall, The Pity of War with actor Timothy West, plus many smaller events, walks, talks, workshops, children’s events, and Arts Trail and street art!

We are proud to be associated with Red Funnel and Wightlink as our principal sponsors.

Our growing band of high-quality sponsors and associates who are working with us to bring this great arts festival to the Isle of Wight also include Visit Isle of Wight, Ventnor Business Association, On The Wight, The Isle of Wight County Press, The Melbourne Ardenlea Hotel, The Royal Hotel, Shaun Cuff and Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

For additional information, please contact Janneke Oxley at or telephone 01983 853 445 / 07779 113329