Date: 1st October 3.00pm
Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons
Venue: Nottingham : Our Lady’s New Parish Hall Brooklyn Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9ES.
Details: Visitors are assured of a warm welcome to this talk, which is a fund raising event for the Parish Hall.
Pollyanna’s most famous talk tells the story of a remarkable journey into China to paint Giant Pandas.
Accompanied by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise, she travelled into one of the remotest areas of the Tibetan Borderlands in her quest to paint one of the most iconic and elusive of all animals. The two became the first western women ever to travel into an isolated mountain reserve, where they were lucky enough to be able to work in a small hospital for sick pandas, bringing them into remarkably close contact with one of the rarest animals on earth. This enchanting talk tells the story of their journey – from the hardships and frustrations to the lasting friendships made in this enigmatic and beautiful country, and shows the spectacular award-winning paintings which resulted from the trip.
Doors open 2.15pm. Tickets £5.00, including Tea and Cake. Contact Chris Burrows 0115 8494309 or 07702 528394 to book, or for further information.
Date : 4th October
Details : As a patron of Naturewatch, Pollyanna is proud to support World Animal Day, on 4th October – an initiative started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kind of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world.
Find out how you can get involved at www.worldanimalday.org.uk
Date: 4th October 7.30pm
Talk: GONE WALKABOUT – Painting the wildlife of Australia
Venue : Nottingham : The Dales United Reform Church Parkdale Road Bakersfield Nottingham NG3
Details : Join Pollyanna as she returns once again by popular demand to the Dales church to present her brand new talk about her most recent expedition.
Stepping off the plane on to Australian soil Pollyanna completed her incredible quest to paint on all seven continents. During this talk she will share stories from the two months spent travelling around the country, visiting numerous wildlife sanctuaries and hospitals to learn more about the animals they were caring for. On Philip Island she was enchanted to watch the evening return of the fairy penguin – the world’s smallest species – to feed their chicks at their nest sites after a day spent fishing at sea. She spent time trekking in the outback, and searching for animals in the wild – being rewarded with numerous sightings of koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and even a wild dingo. Pollyanna also joined wildlife rangers in the Western Plains of Victoria to help with their daily monitoring of wild koalas in the area, and spent a day planting trees as part of their eucalyptus reforestation project. While on the continent Pollyanna felt compelled to take in the iconic beauty of Uluru, in the red centre, which provided further inspiration for her artwork.
A fund-raising evening for the church roof – all welcome. Tickets £6.00 including tea or coffee and cakes. Some tickets may be available on the door, but advance booking is advised as Pollyanna’s previous talks have sold out. To book, or for further details Tel 0115 9875605 or email email@example.com
Date: 5th October *Update* New Shows!
9.00am and 3.00pm with repeats on Craft Extra 11am and 5pm
TV Programme : Pollyanna Pickering Crafting
Tune into Create and Craft TV today at 9am and 3pm to watch Lynda Chapman (left) creating some fabulous cards using Pollyanna’s Story So far… DVDrom. The shows will also be repeated in Craft Extra at 11am and 5pm.
Watch Create and Craft on Sky 674 | Freeview 23 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748, and live online at www.createandcraft.tv
Date: 8th October 5.00pm
Event : Born Free Afternoon Tea
Venue: The Pavilion, Branston Golf and Country Club near Burton on Trent.
Details : You are invited to an Afternoon Tea with a difference!
As a patron of The Born Free Foundation, Pollyanna is delighted to be joining special guest Virginia McKenna OBE for this formal black tie event which will start at 5pm. Entertainment will be provided by the sensational Harry the Piano – one of Virginia’s favourite performers.
Tickets are £25. To book and more information, including details of hotels, please contact Val and Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Book Quickly – tickets have almost SOLD OUT**
Date: 13th October 7.30pm
Talk: Here be Dragons….
Venue : Manchester : East Didsbury Methodist Church 494 Parrs Wood Road East Didsbury Manchester M20 5QQ
Details : Pollyanna is pleased to return to the Manchester Association for Environmental Studies to present her brand new talk about her most recent expedition into the jungles of Borneo.
Here she journeyed by river boat deep into the rainforests of the Tanjung Puting National Park – one of the world’s only protected areas of tropical jungle. Pollyanna trekked into the forests to visit the rehabilitation centres where many of the orang-utans who have been released back in to the wild visit feeding platforms for meals of milk and bananas. There is nowhere else in the world you can see so many wild orangutans in their natural home – and Pollyanna made the most of this opportunity to fill her sketch folders. The rainforests are also home to tigers, clouded leopards and a wealth of tropical bird life.
Visitors are welcome at a cost of £3 per person, payable on the door. For further details contact John Esson 0161 445 0646
Date: 12th October 7.00pm
Event : Explorers Against Extinction : Sketch for Survival Launch Event
Venue: The Royal Geographical Society, London
Details : Pollyanna is honoured to have been invited to be part of this unique event, which will be hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE. Explorers against Extinction aims to highlight the threat of extinction to some of Africa’s most iconic species including elephant and rhino. Join us for an entertaining evening as leading explorers, adventurers, wildlife artists, experts and conservationists, come together to make a stand against extinction. The evening will end with a Q&A on conservation hosted by BBC presenter Nicky Campbell.
The evening is in aid of two conservation partners, each one pivotal in the battle against extinction ; Animals Saving Animals who focus on prevention. by training and deploying specialist anti-poaching dogs to squads across Africa protecting elephant, rhino and lion and
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. This pioneering conservation organisation rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephants and is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and the protection of habitats.
Pollyanna will also have artwork included in the hugely successful Sketch for Survival exhibition, which also includes original artwork and sketches kindly donated by famous wildlife artists and celebrities in support of the charities. Artwork will be on display at the event, following a two week exhibition in a central London gallery.
Stanfords, the world’s biggest and best map and travel book store will also be staging a pop up book store at the event. For over 160 years, explorers, travellers and adventurers have looked to them as map specialists to get them where they need to go, and back again. There will be a chance to meet travel writers on the night.
Doors open 6.15pm. Tickets cost between £20-£100. Book through the Ticket Source Box Office Telephone service on 0333 666 3366 or find full details of the schedule and book online at www.explorersagainstextinction.co.uk
Date : 19th October 7.30pm
Talk : On Top of the World
Venue : Stourbridge: New Road Methodist Church Stourbridge, DY8 1PA
Details : If your image of a typical arctic explorer is of someone tall, butch, rugged and hairy, then this talk by Pollyanna will challenge your preconceived ideas! Accompanied by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise Pollyanna, undertook the toughest of all her expeditions – a journey into the high arctic in search of polar bears.
Travelling across the frozen arctic ocean by husky dog sledge, and camping in tents and igloos, the two women endured temperatures as low as -40ºc. Although they swore never to return, this recently updated talk includes images and paintings from their second expedition, searching for migrating females and cubs.
Tickets £5 including tea and biscuits.
All proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation, and New Road Church. To book contact Trevor Manning 01384 371864 email@example.com
“On top of the World is a fascinating account of two women’s experiences in the high arctic…. this is a very personal account given with great insight and humour.”
Date: 23rd October 7.30pm
Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons
Venue : Macclesfield : Civic Hall, Palmerston St Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire
Details : Visitors will be welcome to join the Bollington Art Group for this special open evening, offering the opportunity to follow award-winning wildlife artist Pollyanna and her daughter Anna-Louise on their travels into the Tibetan borderlands in her quest to paint one of the most iconic of all animals — the Giant Panda — and see the spectacular paintings that resulted from the expedition.
A lavishly illustrated book about the trip has been published – and Anna-Louise was honoured to be a finalist in Cosmopolitan’s Woman of the Year Awards for her writing and photography. Both Pollyanna and Anna-Louise will be pleased to sign copies of the book following the talk.
Find full details, and contact the organisers at www.bollingtonartgroup.co.uk
Date: 28th October 7.30pm
Talk: Here be Dragons….
Venue : Sheffield : Methodist Church 8 Stubbin Lane Firth Park Sheffield S5 6QL
Details : Pollyanna is pleased to return to the church to present her brand new talk about her most recent expedition into the jungles of Borneo.
Here she journeyed by river boat deep into the rainforests of the Tanjung Puting National Park – one of the world’s only protected areas of tropical jungle. Pollyanna trekked into the forests to visit the rehabilitation centres where many of the orang-utans who have been released back in to the wild visit feeding platforms for meals of milk and bananas. There is nowhere else in the world you can see so many wild orangutans in their natural home – and Pollyanna made the most of this opportunity to fill her sketch folders. She also journeyed to the islands of Komodo in search of the legendary Dragons…..
A fund-raising evening for the church – all welcome. Tickets £5.00 including refreshments. To book tickets Tel 01142453621 or 01226351897