Words! Words! Words!

Words from the Woods

MESSUMS, the contemporary arts centre in the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, is celebrating wood in all its forms in its current exhibition, and as part of the programme there is an evening of poetry and music on Friday 25th August. Words From The Woods, with Pippa Haywood and friends, at 6pm, is a…

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Barney Norris at Messums

NOVELIST and playwright Barney Norris, whose work is strongly rooted in his native Wiltshire, will be at Messums Wiltshire contemporary arts centre, in the Tisbury tithe barn, on Wednesday 23rd August at 6:30pm. Barney, whose powerful First World War play Echo’s End was premiered at Salisbury Playhouse earlier this year, will be talking about his…

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Poetry on the Ridgeway

THE ancient hills and hillforts of West Dorset are alive with poetry thanks to a pioneering South Dorset Ridgeway project developed with creative writing groups and local school children The South Dorset Ridgeway Poetry Parks, one of the first in the country working with local writers, will form part of the GPS Soundscape apps, through…

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The Great War at Bourton

BOURTON’s World War 1 project continues in the autumn with plans for an exhibition, speakers, musical events and the construction of an on-line archive. The project, which has funding from the Heritage Lottery, Bourton Parish Council and the Dorset Rural Fund, has already made a great impact on the village with the community play, On…

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Celebrating diversity at One World Festival

THE Dorset One World Festival, in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens, on Saturday 5th August, from 11am to 6pm, celebrates cultural diversity in Dorset through world food, music and storytelling. The festival is the brainchild of local resident Khalique Miah and his friends, the Speak Easy Group, who want to encourage networking and socialising with ethnic minority…

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The Brekky Prize at Hay

PHILIPPA Davis, the private chef from Shaftesbury, visited the world’s greatest literary festival for the first time this year, cooking for a group attending the Hay Festival … SOME readers may think I am well behind, as this event took place at the end of May, but I think you will find I am helping…

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Wells Festival of Literature celebrates 25 years

SILVER jubilee excitement is rising as the list of speakers for the 25th Wells Festival of Literature, from 13th to 21st October, is announced. The venue for most of the events is a marquee in the magnificent gardens of the Bishop’s Palace and the line-up of speakers includes Nick Clegg, Andy Hamilton, Clare Balding, Mike…

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