Heated exchange at Stony Words

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Stony Words is drawing to a close, but there are still some tasty morsels to engage with in the literal and the metaphorical sense; Sandwiches and Stanzas will start you off this lunchtime with MK Poet Laureate Mark Niel offering a bite-sized session of stand-up poetry while you get to grips with your butties.

Your hour of stimulation runs from 1pm at Stony Stratford Library.

Liz Simcock is a familiar face – and voice – on the folk club circuit, and at the tail end of the 1990’s her style figured alongside artists including Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg and Kathryn Williams, on the CD Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music.

Choosing to tread an independent path has done her no harm at all, and if she needs inspiration, she finds it with her songwriting role models – Richard Thomson, Boo Hewerdine and Joni Mitchell.

Liz goes live at The Song Loft in Stony Stratford on Friday from 8.15pm.

Tickets are £7.

Also on Friday evening, the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London is commemorated with An evening in the company of Samuel Pepys at York House.

17th century London was ravaged by plague and pestilence when the fire brought things to a cataclysmic end.

Contemporary readings courtesy of John Alexander and music performed on period instruments by Mrs Simpson’s Little Consort will take care of the authenticity at the show called simply Fire! 350.

Tickets are £10 and £8.

Call 01280 812364.

There will be a children’s event at St Mary and St Giles Church Hall on Saturday morning with Mark Neil, from 10.30am.

In the evening, join Queen of the Banjo Evie Ladin when she strums up at York House for a return appearance on Saturday night.

For this date, which makes up part of her UK tour, Evie will be joined by her duo partner Keith Terry.

Expect ‘An intimate, robust evening of acoustic music and dance; a skilled hybrid of American folk arts.’

Tickets are eight quid and bar proceeds will go to York House.

Show time is 8pm.

For all your Stony Words needs, click to www.stonywords.org.uk