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First tastes of Wells 2018

WELLS Literature Festival is always an enthralling mixture of non-fiction and fiction, poetry and politics, ecology and entertainment, and this year’s event, from 19th to 27th October is possibly the most diverse to date. Geographically the speakers will talk about Vietnam, Herzogovina, Gloucester Crescent, America, Gernika, the Middle East, Porlock, Westminster, Nicaragua, Dartmoor, the Rhine,…

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Award for Dorset food writer

DORSET-based food writer Sue Quinn has won the British Food Award in this year’s Guild of Food Writers annual awards, announced at the Holland Park Theatre in London. The award related specifically to Sue’s column for the Dorset magazine. Born in Australia, Sue Quinn began her career as a news reporter in Sydney and Canberra…

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Midsummer music and poetry at Tyntesfield

THE National Trust’s Tyntesfield is hosting a new midsummer event, an evening of music and poetry in the estate’s Victorian kitchen garden on Sunday 24th June. Tyntesfield was bought in the 1840s by the Gibbs family, who famously made their money on the trade of guano. It has been in the care of the National…

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Radical Dorset and civil rights at Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s new Shire Hall Courthouse Museum has its first temporary exhibition, Journey to Justice, telling the story of the civil rights campaign, alongside a local response piece, Radical Dorset. The new exhibition, which continues to 31st August, shines a light on the fight for justice of ordinary people, both in Dorset and in the US,…

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There But Not There in Broad Chalke church

VISITORS to Broad Chalke’s beautiful and ancient All Saints Church during the Chalke Valley History Festival can learn more about the impact of the First World War on this little Wiltshire village. There But Not There is a nationwide community project which marks the centenary of the war, with sombre installations of six-foot metal silhouettes…

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Celebrating the founding of Milton Abbey in music

BOURNEMOUTH Sinfonietta Choir visits Milton Abbey on Sun­day 1st July for 1,000 Years of Majesty, an early evening concert of music and readings. Conducted by David Gostick, the concert has been arranged with Milton Abbey Heritage Trust. The music includes Allegri’s Miserere, Bar­ber’s Agnus Dei, The Ave Maria from Rachman­inov’s Ves­pers, Two Hymns to the…

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Street McMafia talk rescheduled

FORMER BBC foreign correspondent Misha Glenny has had to postpone his talk on McMafia – his book which inspired the television drama – at Strode Theatre, Street, from Thursday 21st June to Tuesday 10th July at 7.30pm. Glenny has been called to Parliament to share his expertise. The author of the bestselling book, as well…

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Poet in residence for Tyntesfield

THE National Trust’s Tyntesfield has its first poet in residence, Holly Corfield Carr, who will join the Victorian estate near Bristol as part of a project inspired by eighteenth-century Bristol poet, Hannah More. Holly, who has previously held residencies at the Wordsworth Trust and the University of Bristol among others, will host a series of…

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Plastic campaigner at Bristol

AUTHOR and plastics campaigner Martin Dorey is coming to Waterstones in Union Street, Bristol, as part of the ongoing Bristol Festival of Ideas series of talks, on Monday 18th June at 7pm. In his talk, No. More. Plastic., Dorey will explain how plastic is ruining our environment – and how we can do something about…

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