Monday, September 12, 2011 - 11:37

The Eden Café is announcing four evening events this month including music gigs and a talk from a top environmental journalist.

Leo Hickman, a Guardian features writer who grew up close to the Eden Project, will be talking about the practicalities of going green on Wednesday September 21, at 6.30pm, at the St Austell café.

It’s the latest Eden Café Conversation which is part of the St Austell Live programme funded by Cornwall Council and aimed at attracting more people to the town centre.

The theme of the evening is ‘How easy is it to live an ethical life?’ and will also feature Oliver Baines of environmental campaign group Groundswell Cornwall and Eden’s Sue Hill in the chair.

Leo is the author of several books on ethical living including A Life Stripped Bare in which he chronicled the year-long experiment he and his family conducted to see whether it was possible to live a ‘normal life' while being as ethical as possible for the family, neighbours and the environment.

Everyone is welcome at the free discussion evening. To book a place contact or phone 01726 811932.

The showcasing of local music talent at the Café continues over the next three Friday nights.

On September 16, the Devon-based Laura Dugmore Band will be taking listeners on a wistful, folk-influenced journey through their catalogue of infectious pop songs. Tickets cost £3 or £2 for concessions.

September 23 sees three acts in one night at the Café. Cole Stacey, who has played at many festivals including Glastonbury and Chagstock, is currently on an acoustic tour around the UK. Cole will be joined by Chris Woods and Joshua Caole, the latter who is back to wow the St Austell audience after his Café appearance earlier this year. Tickets cost £4 or £3.50 for concessions.

On the last Friday of the month, September 30, Dom Youngman will be joined by teen sensation Abee Hague. Dom is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Penzance who delivers big vocals with raw passion and 16-year-old Abee has collaborated with many musicians in the South West. Tickets cost £3 or £2 for concessions.

All the gigs take place from 8pm until midnight. Tickets are available from the Café beforehand for a concessionary rate and on the door at full price. Along with a selection of local beverages, there will be bread and dips and Provencal ragout, which are available until 9:30pm.

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