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From the Black Death to the age of populism – history festival is “brilliant”

FOR seven days from 24th to 20th June, a quiet valley in Broad Chalke is transformed into the world’s largest history festival – and this year’s Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival promises to be even more exciting and stimulating, bringing history to life from the horrors of the Black Death to the challenges of…

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What the hell is going on?

OVER more than 30 years with the BBC, Jeremy Vine thought he had pretty seen it all – and reported on it. But now he finds himself all at sea, as he entertainingly describes in his one-man stage show, What The Hell is Going On?, coming to the Regent Centre at Christchurch on Friday 14th…

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Robert Frost talk at Sladers Yard

GRAHAM Fawcett makes a welcome return to Sladers Yard at West Bay for another in his series of talks about leading poets, this time Robert Frost, on Thursday 13th June. Robert Frost: Life and Work begins at 7.30pm and includes readings from the many works published by this remarkable American poet. Graham Fawcett says: “Robert…

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Thou shalt savour Jay Rayner

JAY Rayner, restaurant critic of The Observer, chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet and voted the country’s most influential food journalist, is coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 15th June, as part of the town’s food festival. The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business…

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Archaeologist launches second crime novel

ARCHAEOLOGIST Dr Nick Snashall, who writes as Nicola Ford, has published her second crime novel, The Lost Shrine. Dr Snashall,, who is the National Trust archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, published her debut thriller, The Hidden Bones, last year. Over the past three decades she has worked as an archaeologist across…

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Festival brings the city together

BATH’s combined festivals – music, arts, fringe and literature – really bring the community together, says Bath Festivals chairman John Cullum, as the city prepares for the opening night free Party in the City on Friday 17th May. Running to 26th May, with a finale weekend on 1st and 2nd June, this year’s combined festivals…

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Transports of terror

THE punishment of transportation to the colonies – particularly to Australia – is most closely identified with the Tolpuddle Martyrs, the six Dorset farm labourers who were sentenced in 1834 to be transported for their part in forming a Friendly Society to campaign for fairer wages for agricultural workers. A folk musical, The Transports, tells…

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Celebrate Book Week at Shire Hall

BOOK fans visiting Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester during Book Week, from 25th May to 2nd June, will get in free if they dress up as their favourite book character. The museum on High West Street will be running storytelling sessions around the old courthouse and there will be slime-making (otherwise known as…

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