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Remembering Aleppo – Bridport LitFest event

ALEPPO is in ruins, its people dead or scattered across the Middle East and Europe, its famous bazaars shattered, its beautiful buildings scarred and broken by mortar shells. Formerly the pinnacle of cultural and economic power in the region, this once-great city used to be one of the legendary hubs of the Middle East, before…

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Film and memories at Cerne Abbas

WINDROSE Rural Media Trust, and Cerne Historical Society are putting on an evening of archive film and audience participation at Cerne Abbas village hal on Saturday 22nd April. Windrose is a West Country-based charity which has been collecting oral history for 30 years and has an extensive collection of audio and film recordings. The films…

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From Page to Screen – books in the cinema

BRIDPORT’s unique literature and film festival, From Page to Screen, returns from 19th to 23rd April, with a compelling selection of film adaptations of books over the past half century, including some recent Oscar winners. This year’s festival has been curated by Nick Marston, the chairman of the theatre, film and television department at Curtis…

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Komedia screening for Bath’s community film

BATH’s Komedia comedy, film and music venue will host the first preview screening of The Day That Broke, a community feature film involving nearly 200 local people that has been created on location over 100 days in Bath and Bristol. The screening is on Wednesday 19th April. For this ambitious project Theatre Royal Bath’s Engage…

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Get writing to celebrate Wells LitFest silver jubilee

WELLS Festival of Literature is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017 and to mark this milestone, there are increased prizes for the festival’s international short story and poetry competitions. The top prize is now £750 for each class, with £300 for runners-up and £200 for third placed entries. The festival will also be awarding the…

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Entries invited for Mere LitFest

MERE Literary Festival, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, has launched its popular biennial poetry competition, organised by Pennybank Writers of Mere. Poems can be on any subject and of no more than 40 lines.  The closing date for entries is 26th June. Full details are available at the library, by post (SAE) Poetry…

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French Revolution revisited at St Giles House

THE Restoration family home of the Earls of Shaftesbury, St Giles House, at Wimborne St Giles, is the elegant historic setting for a Chalke Valley History Festival talk on France: Revolution Then and Now, on Thursday 27th April. The event features two outstanding speakers, French Revolution expert Dr Marisa Linton and Sir Christopher Mallaby, who…

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Castle Cary Museum inspires Fiction Factory

A CREATIVE writing group in Castle Cary, led by best-selling author Emma Craigie, has published a first book, Museum Pieces, inspired by the town’s museum and its exhibits. Emma Craigie (pictured), whose books include Chocolate Cake With Hitler and What Was Never Said, runs the course,  the Fiction Factory, for students who range from novices…

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Goddess in the Machine at Springhead

SPRINGHEAD, the environmental arts centre at Fontmell Magna, hosts an important exhibition and series of events looking at women in the arts and the role of the curator. The exhibition features new work by the Dorset based painter Deanne Tremlett, curated by artist and gallery owner Anne Hitchcock, who is also the joint director of…

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