If you ask most people what they think happens at festivals, they generally hazard a guess that there will be bands, music and much dancing. At Port Eliot these things all happen, but during the day mostly there are literary readings and flower arranging competitions and poetry prescription clinics and cookery demonstrations and vintage plate upcycling classes and silk scarf marbling and floral headdress making and interviews and all manner of amazing, extraordinary and delightful things.
Under those headings comes last night’s Inaugural Port Eliot Spelling Bee, hosted by actor Dominic West.
Team Mispelled, consisting of me and Rachel, Emily C from Elle and her husband Josh, Susie Bubble & Steve Salter, and four lovely new friends from Norfolk that we met in the tent, covered ourselves in glory by scoring fifteen, putting us in fourth place. We were very pleased with ourselves.
Emily wants me to point out that this photo was taken pre-Bee, and that she and Susie were not cheating.
Team Mispelled was fuelled by copious jugs of Pimms and of St Austell Brewery’s Tribute Ale.
There was much conferring.
And some excellent compere-ing.
And some infant-unfriendly words.
There *were* accusations of cheating and Mr West confiscated a team’s iPhone.
Dora covered herself in glory.
Mr West made more faces.
And here’s Mary the eventual winner. She was amazingly good.