This is an archive of the website for the 2012 Electric Lantern Festival.

Wells Read

In a change from its usual format, the Electric Lantern Festival has undertaken a project that can be enjoyed beyond the Festival week. Working with local writers and authors from the Tunbridge Wells Writers, ELF has created “Wells Read”, a literary tour of the Festival’s home town of Tunbridge Wells. Inspired by the talking handsets found in museums and art galleries to create the AudiToury format, “Wells Read” allows the listener to visit the location that inspired or serves as the setting for a short story, play or factual piece.

With each piece recorded live on location during August and September, the author (sometimes with help or a partner) reads their work in an effort to blur the line between creator, listener and location. Each piece can be downloaded as an MP3, streamed from YouTube, or downloaded as a text file for printing or an e-reader.

Remember to check back, as we will be adding to the list over the coming weeks.

To download MP3 and PDF right-click or command click, and choose “Save Link As” or the equivalent.

 

A Famous Person You’ve Never Heard Of

by Peter Seal
A discussion about 18th Century mathematician and statistician Thomas Bayes, who used to live in Tunbridge Wells.
Location: 69 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: A Famous Person You’ve Never Heard Of by Peter Seal
PDF: A Famous Person You’ve Never Heard Of by Peter Seal

 

After Jeff Goldblum and the Ripples In the Water

by Simon John Cox
The recollection of a less than inspiring date to see Jurassic Park.
Location: Old Cinema Building at the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: After Jeff Goldblum and the Ripples in the Water by Simon John Cox
PDF: After Jeff Goldblum and the Ripples in the Water by Simon John Cox

 

Afternoon Tea

by David Smith
A man wonders about the virtues of youth, age and parenthood.
Location: Calverley Park off Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Afternoon Tea by David Smith
PDF: Afternoon Tea by David Smith

 

The Battle of Millennium Square

by Martin Fletcher
The long-suffering Millennium Clock ponders his nemesis (a dog called Finn), time and the end of the world.
Location: Five Ways (junction of Mount Ephraim Road, Lime Hill Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Calverley Road and Grosvenor Road), Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Battle of Millennium Square by Martin Fletcher
PDF: The Battle of Millennium Square by Martin Fletcher

 

The Big Red Combine Harvester

by David Smith
A man considers hoodies and displays of public affection while reception children sing a classic in a church.
Location: Christ Church, Prospect Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: The Big Red Combine Harvester by David Smith
PDF: The Big Red Combine Harvester by David Smith

 

The Black Pig

by Kate Price
A writer considers the ghosts of creators past as she attends a writing group for the first time.
Location: The Black Pig Pub and Dining Room, 18 Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: The Black Pig by Kate Price

 

The Boundary House

by Karen Gaynard (read by Peter Seal)
An inconspicuous man reflects on his life and the wonders of medical technology.
Location: View of The Boundary House from the footpath, Upper Cumberland Walk, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: The Boundary House by Karen Gaynard
PDF: The Boundary House by Karen Gaynard

 

Easter Sunday at Rocky Tom’s

by David Smith
David Smith reflects on his childhood, preconceptions and public toilets while straddling the old county boundary.
Location: Outside King Charles the Martyr Church, Nevill Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Easter Sunday at Rocky Tom’s by David Smith
PDF: Easter Sunday And Rocky Tom’s by David Smith

 

Funfair for the Common Man

by David Smith
Sister piece to Easter Sunday at Rocky Tom’s. A poem set at a funfair.
Location: Outside The Forum, Fonthill, The Common, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Funfair for the Common Man by David Smith
PDF: Funfair For The Common Man by David Smith

 

A History of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

by Carolyn Gray
One of the Friends of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park relates a potted history of the park.
Location: Grosvenor and Hilbert Park, accessible at the junction of Quarry Road and St James’ Road at the end of Camden Rod, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: A HIstory of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park by Carolyn Gray
PDF: A History Of Grosvenor And Hilbert Park by Carolyn Gray

 

Killing With Kindness

by Martin Fletcher
A homeless man watches the world go by from his shop doorway.
Location: Row of closed shops between Lonsdale Gardens and Church Road on Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Killing With Kindness by Martin Fletcher
PDF: Killing With Kindness by Martin Fletcher

 

Park Life

by Karen Gaynard (read by Kate Price)
A woman reflects on her life and her role as the “woman behind” an ambitious husband.
Location: The Grove, off Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Park Life by Karen Gaynard
PDF: Park Life by Karen Gaynard

 

Picnic at High Rocks

by Jess Mookherjee
The voice of the ancient sandstone maze.
Location: The High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Picnic at High Rocks by Jess Mookherjee
PDF: Picnic At High Rocks by Jess Mookherjee

 

The Reality Machines

by Simon John Cox
A paranoid man absconds from the care home where he lives to record a warning about a mysterious green door.
Location: Formal Gardens in Calverley Park off Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: The Reality Machines by Simon John Cox
PDF: The Reality Machines by Simon John Cox

 

Scandal by the Back Door

by Kate Price
Set at the start of the 20th Century, a travelling actress meets her lover on the last night of a show at the Opera House.
Location: Opera House Wetherspoons Pub, 88 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Scandal by the Back Door by Kate Price

 

Suicide Thursday

by Martin Fletcher
A tale of unrequited love amid a mythical beast attack on an office block.
Location: View of office block from Mount Ephraim road between Castle Road and Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Suicide Thursday by Martin Fletcher


 

The Toad

by Jess Mookherjee
Poem set at the Toad Rock sandstone formation in Rusthall.
Location: 1 Upper Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: The Toad by Jess Mookherjee
PDF: The Toad by Jess Mookherjee

 

The Vomit Comet

by C. J. Hall
On his final day of work, a drunk man catches the last train home and looks for a way to extend his night.
Location: Tunbridge Wells Train Station, Vale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: The Vomit Comet by C. J. Hall
PDF: The Vomit Comet by C. J. Hall

 

Waiting for the Man

by David Smith
A woman passes time, reminisces and grows increasingly frustrated while waiting for her boyfriend.
Location: Five Ways (junction of Mount Ephraim Road, Lime Hill Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Calverley Road and Grosvenor Road), Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: Waiting for the Man by David Smith
PDF: Waiting for the Man by David Smith

 

You Can Lead a Horse to Water

by C. J. Hall
A short play about 17th Century poet John Wilmot and his mistress.
Location: The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

MP3: You Can Lead A Horse To Water by C. J. Hall
PDF: You Can Lead A Horse To Water by C. J. Hall