On The Agenda: We've got a hankering for Herzog this week. Though we're twitching to get reading, too

Sunday 23 October 2011 08:10


From the home of Radiohead, Supergrass and the Foals comes a festival that's not so much a festival as a big street party (albeit indoors). On 10 October, down Cowley Road in the east of Oxford, 10 bands will be playing 10 venues, including The Big Pink, receiving rave reviews for debut album A Brief History of Love and critics' favourite Stornoway. Staged by the team that puts together the Truck festival, this local- music spectacular will be supplemented by poetry performances and an open-mic event. Time to warm up that larynx. www.thisistruck.com

Robert Epstein


The shows in London last week had their eye on what we'll be wearing next summer, but some of us haven't sorted our autumn wardrobes yet. Take a tip from those in the know and revamp with a versatile high-street investment. Stylist Beth Dadswell's top buy is a Whistles silk biker blouse, £85, (www.whistles.co.uk): "It looks great with a mini, pencil skirt or skinny jeans and eases the transition from office to night out." Stock up also on ballet flats in this season's lively animal prints, £150, from Pretty Ballerinas (www.prettyballerinas.com). "Wear them with your favourite LBD or black leggings, and your feet will thank you for years to come." For more advice from Beth, visit www. mypersonalstylist.co.uk

Harriet Walker


Where Art London, the Affordable Art Fair and Frieze leave off, Troika Editions picks up, offering a year-round gallery of contemporary photography, and giving award-winning snappers the opportunity to sell their art at accessible prices (including Maria by Noemie Goudal). Each print comes complete with white gloves for that authentic "gallerist" feel. www.troikaeditions.co.uk

Claire Alexis


When, on 25 April, Simon Amstell revealed that he intended to give up presenting the BBC's Never Mind the Buzzcocks, a sarky nation mourned. No more pricking of over-inflated celebrity egos. No more unashamedly biting the hand that feeds. But had the nation read on a line further, the mourning would have turned to joy (or as close as a sarky nation can get). For Amstell has given up the series to focus on his stand-up – and here he is, starting his nationwide Do Nothing tour today. Expect the usual wit and neuroses. www.simonamstell.co.uk



A treat for your inner twitcher, The Poetry of Birds is a new anthology of the best winged poetry ever written. From Sylvia Plath's gloomy "Rook" to Andrew Motion's wittily wordy "Sparrow", this is a glorious collection of works both old and new. Arranged by ornithological species, it helpfully features a section of notes giving further information about the birds mentioned. Binoculars not required. Edited by Simon Armitage and Tim Dee. Published by Viking at £25



Want to know what makes Werner Herzog tick? Brace yourselves, because the swivel-eyed cinematic genius will be spilling his brains all over the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday. The man with the unenviable task of probing the recesses of the Herzog psyche on stage is Paul Holdengräber, a big kahuna at the New York Public Library, who will grill Herzog using a multimedia extravaganza of stills, clips and music. Expect the dark master's thoughts on directing dwarfs, why real men can milk cows and, with a bit of luck, a running commentary on his first ever film, a Western. Be afraid... www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Mike Higgins

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