Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons


Date: 6th April 6.15 for 6.45pm

Venue: Stockport : Deanwater Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Woodford, SK7 1RJ


The founder of the Born Free Foundation Virginia McKenna OBE described Pollyanna’s travels in China as “An unforgettable and perhaps unrepeatable journey exploring a different culture and a different land.”

Visitors are welcome to join The Rotary Club of Hazel Grove’s evening with Pollyanna share the story of this incredible journey to study and paint one of the world’s most endangered species in its natural habitat.  Share in everything from the hardships and frustrations to the lasting friendships made in this enigmatic and beautiful country, and enjoy the spectacular award-winning paintings which 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 – and both Pollyanna and Anna-Louise will be hand to sign copies of the book after the event.

Guests can opt to enjoy a meal as part of the evening, or purchase a ticket just to attend the talk if preferred.

Tickets £6 for the talk, or £15 for the talk and a one course meal followed by coffee/tea. Please book and pay in advance by contacting Tony Johnson, 4 Padstow Drive, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire SK7 2HU tel:0161 439 9015

All warmly welcomed


Event : Painting Demonstration at Crafting Live

Date : 25th & 26th March  10am – 4pm

Venue : Doncaster Racecourse Leger Way Doncaster DN2 6BB

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 Details : Pollyanna will be making a personal appearance on the  Creative Crafting World Stand  throughout this two day event – she will be working on a demonstration painting, and will be happy to chat about her work – and would love to see some of your finished craft projects featuring her paintings!  She will be signing copies of her books and calendars, and there will be a ‘pop-up’ exhibition of prints and paintings.

Look out for the TV specials on the Create and Craft channel featuring Pollyanna which will be broadcast live from the event – in front of a live studio audience! You could get to be part of the audience and watch some “crafty” celebrities demonstrate brand new products live. There may even be a chance to meet some of your favourite presenters after the show. You can also visit a vast range of exhibitors stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, ribbon and much more. You can stock up on all of your craft essentials, as well as finding inspiration from brand new products. Creative Crafting World will have special exclusive discounts on all of Pollyanna’s crafting DVDs and kits throughout the show. There are also refreshment options and areas to have a much needed sit down after all that shopping!

Tickets £5.00, Concessions £4.00 –  or book for both days and save 25%. Don’t forget, if you’re a Create and Craft Club member, you can save 25% on your tickets.

Concession tickets available for over 60s, students and registered disabled with their accompanying carers. Under 16s are free with an accompanying adult – no ticket required. Tickets are also available on the door. Doncaster Racecourse is a great venue with a variety of facilities including ample FREE parking, disabled car parking, disabled toilets, various food outlets, ramp access, lifts to all floors and cash machines.

Talk: Giant Pandas and Sleeping Dragons


Date: 31st March 2.15pm

Venue : Bakewell : Medway Centre New Street Bakewell Derbyshire DE45 1DY

Details : If you have never seen it before, then don’t miss the opportunity to hear Pollyanna give her most famous – and most charming – talk about her landmark expedition into the borderlands of Tibet to study and paint Giant Pandas in the wild, at this event orangised by Bakewell U3A – part of their Meg Laird lecture series.

Accompanied by her daughter and business partner Anna-Louise, Pollyanna 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.

Guests £3.00 (including light refreshment) – Non-members are especially welcome, no booking required.

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