Festivals news

New co-chairman for Shaftesbury Fringe

AN experienced Shaftesbury event organiser, businessman and photographer James Thrift, has become the co-chairman of the town’s successful fringe festival, now in its fourth year, running from 5th to 7th July. “I’m probably the person who has been to more Fringe performances than anybody else,” says James Thrift. who has been volunteering as a photographer…

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Chocolat novelist at Marlborough LitFest

BEST-SELLING novelist Joanne Harris, the author of Chocolat, is one of the headline names at this year’s tenth anniversary Marlborough Literature Festival, which runs from 26th to 29th September. She will be talking about The Strawberry Thief, the fourth in the series that began 20 years ago, introducing a spellbound readership to the seductive charms…

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Get writing for Wells

THE competitions for this year’s Wells Literature Festival have been launched, with classes for poetry, short stories, books for children and young poets, with a closing date of 30th June. The judges are award-winning poet Simon Armitage (open poetry, pictured)), Mark McCrum (short stories), Gill Lewis (books for children) and Miriam Nash (young poets). The…

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Classical music at Salisbury Festival

THIS year’s Salisbury International Arts Festival, returning after a break in 2018, has an impressive line-up of  classical music events, curated by guest festival director, composer Jonathan Dove. One of the UK’s leading contemporary composers, Dove has several of his own works in the programme, including two new commissions: Moon Songs, with words by Alasdair…

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Askew Sisters at Lyme Folk Revisited

FANS of The Askew Sisters, one of folk music’s most exciting young acts, have a treat in store when the duo come to the Marine Theatre as part of the Lyme Folk Revisited concert on Saturday 30th March. The sisters are a embarking on a nationwide tour to launch their new album and have chosen…

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Booker Prize-winner for Marlborough LitFest

BOOKER Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri will be the 2019 Golding Speaker at the Marlborough Literary Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary ths year, over the weekend 26th to 29th September. He will be appearing on Friday 27th September, talking about his latest novel, The Freedom Artist. An acclaimed essayist, playwright and poet, Ben Okri has…

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Frome Festival line-up confirmed

THE line-up for the 2019 Frome Festival has been announced, with the headliners including DJ Judge Jules, The Coral, Scouting For Girls and Cornish comedian Jethro. DJ Judge Jules will be at an opening night party at the Cheese and Grain on Friday 5th July, with a ten-piece band, The Coral will be at the…

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