Songwriting Workshop with Joanna Eden @ Fariycroft House Arts & Media Centre
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Songwriting Workshop with Joanna Eden @ Fariycroft House Arts & Media Centre

A very special opportunity for emerging and developing songwriters.

In this one day session Joanna Eden will explore the process of songwriting and give group and individual guidance in discussion and masterclass settings.  Participants should be 15+ and be happy to perform one of their songs to the group.

As well as being a successful performer, songwriter and teacher, Joanna mentored the young Sam Smith for nine years, and learned much about the emergence of an artist in that time.

To apply please download the Songwriting Workshop application form and return to

Indigo: The Devil’s Dye? @ Fairycroft House
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Indigo, the colour between blue and violet in the spectrum, the colour both of ceremonies and our ubiquitous blue jeans. What is so special about it? Where does it come from? Why was it known as “The Devil’s dye”?

A brief history with examples from many traditions, bringing us up to the discovery of the aniline dyes one hundred years ago, and beyond.

Clarissa’s relationship with indigo goes back to the 60’s, when she was introduced to it as a Pre-Diploma art student by Susan Bosence. Since then she has pursued her interest in painting and in costume. She trained as an art therapist, while maintaining a fascination with textiles. A talk at the Cambridge Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, by Jenny Balfour-Paul inspired her to resume indigo-dyeing, and to make pictures using the fabrics she had dyed, and find a way to share ways of dyeing with indigo by running workshops, which she has now done for many years. She specialises in Japanese shibori – a magical way of transforming fabric.

Fete de la Musique @ Saffron walden Town Centre
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where the Wild Woods Are: A Personal Journey through Children’s Book Illustration @ Fairycroft House
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Children’s Book Illustration is a treasure trove of artistic styles and voices, often overlooked but now recognised for its diversity and inventive creativity.  So what is Illustration? How is a children’s book created? What is the creative process all about?

Are you a budding illustrator? Do you struggle to know what to draw? Where do ideas come from? Sarah invites you to walk through the woods with her and discover the wild creatures of visual storytelling that live there. A recent graduate from the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, she will share her love of children’s books through her own creative journey before and during the course.

Sarah has carried her passion for children’s books into her adult life, both drawing and writing stories. The thread that links her current artwork with her childhood drawings remains strong, however it has evolved into a sophisticated textural mix of printmaking, paper-cut and collage layered using digital techniques to create an atmospheric whole. She has exhibited in several galleries and regularly participates in art fairs and opens studios.

Jiff Godfrey presents: “Just a cigar box? I think not!” @ Fairycroft House
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A short talk on how a mystery exposed a passion for the crafting and music of Cigar Box Guitars and live music from ‘Moonshine Coyote’

Jiff’s introduction to Cigar Box Guitars began with curiosity and developed into crafting guitars that the band ‘Moonshine Coyote’ perform with,  just cigar box guitars!

A short talk on how a mystery exposed a passion within me for the crafting and music of cigar box guitars.

Jiff Godfrey, known by some for the crafting of Cigar Box guitars and for some as lead guitar and vocalist for ‘Moonshine Coyote’. A local guy, raised and educated in the area, he has spent most of his adult life living and working around the Saffron Walden area,  now as a teacher and previously as a Youth Worker for over 25 years with in the Uttlesford locality.

SWAT AGM @ Fairycroft House
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7 pm Business meeting


7.45 pm Refreshments and live music from the Nightingale Trio

Creative Writing Workshop with Clare Mulley @ Saffron Walden Museum
Mar 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

A unique writing workshop workshop experience with Clare Mulley organised by the Saffron Walden Arts Trust in conjunction with Saffron Walden Museum’s exhibition From Death Masks to Diaries’


1.30 pm: A short talk on the author’s approach to biographical writing

2 pm: A guided tour by Museum staff of their ‘From Death Masks to Diaries’ exhibit

2.30-4 pm: Write a short piece of biographical writing inspired by the exhibition, with guidance by Clare and SWAT volunteers

4 -4.30 pm: An opportunity to share writing and discuss experience with group

Download application form

Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster. Her first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved, now optioned by Universal Studios, led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, tells the extraordinary story of two women at the heart of Nazi Germany, whose choices put them on opposite sides of history. Clare reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today. A popular public speaker, she has given a TEDx talk at Stormont, spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum and British Library, as well as many festivals. Recent TV includes the BBC’s Rise of the Nazis, and the D-Day 75 coverage, NewsnightDavid Jason’s Secret Service, and Adolf & Eva, Love & War.


Fête de la House-Musique
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fête de la House-Musique. Together with cities across Europe we invite the musicians of Saffron Walden and neighbouring villages to take part in this event by joining us to make music together but apart. Formal performances with a public audience are not allowed but we would love you to bring live music out of lockdown by singing or playing where you can – whether that be in your garden, on a balcony, on your drive, from your windows, or even on the sofa or the shower


  • Tell us if they you are taking part by emailing us at
  • Ask someone to video or photograph the event so this can go into the Saffron Walden Museum’s planned COVID-19 digital archive.
  • Tell your friends and neighbours if they are planning to perform so they can sit outside and listen – although it’s important to follow current UK Government rules
  • Give donation in aid of the Mayor’s Charity: Fairycroft House

We hope you will all enjoy the Fête de la House-Musique!


Sculptor Ian Wolter talks about his work @ online
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saffron Walden Arts Trust is offering you a chance to escape for an hour to the world of award-winning local sculptor, Ian Wolter. He will talk about his work, and the project which resulted in the Children of Calais sculpture, currently located in Dorset House Gardens (off Church Street). Finally, we will be given an exclusive peep into other sculpture projects which have emerged as a result of the Children of Calais. Join us for talk and virtual studio visit to find out more.

Ian Wolter is an artist who lives and works in Saffron Walden. Known for the diversity of his work, he has exhibited internationally, and is a recipient of the RomArt Sculpture Prize, Rome 2017; the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice 2016; and the Global Sustainability Art Prize, Cambridge 2015

Fete de la Musique 2021 @ Saffron Walden
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fete de la Musique 2021 @ Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden’s 3rd triennial music festival Fete de la Musique is happening on Sunday June 20th from 12 noon to 7pm-ish. 54 music acts, 9 outdoor venues, 2 puppet shows and street food to go. For more details for more details