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Celebrating laughter and storytelling

SALISBURY’s Celebrate Voice festival, running this year from Friday 25th October to Saturday 2nd November, is not only a celebration of the musical voice in all its aspects – opera, jazz, choral, folk – but of spoken word, comedy and story-telling. This year’s festival takes place in the glittering setting of the pop-up Wilson’s Piccolo…

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Hardy’s Tess at Kingston Maurward

THOMAS Hardy’s associations with Kingston Maurward began in infancy, so there could be no more fitting venue than Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, for the next talk in the Hardy’s Countryside series, on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.30pm. Dorset’s greatest writer was born and lived most of his life within or next to the Kingston…

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Zimbabwe to Norfolk to Dorset

SINGER, dancer and storyteller Anna Mudeka brings her one-woman show, Kure Kure / Faraway to Powerstock Hut on Saturday 26th October and Shillingstone’s Portman Hall on Sunday 27th, both at 7.30pm. Reaching back 5000 years to the Bantu migration from the Tanganyika and Baka tribal regions, Anna takes the audience on an inspirational journey to…

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A taste of Wells Literary Festival

ONE of the traditions of Wells Literary Festival is a cookery-influenced event on the last Saturday morning, with patron Caroline Waldegrave asking the questions. This year the guest on Saturday 26th October will be Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake, whose new book, One More Croissant for the Road, has been praised by fellow cookery writers…

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From Dorset to Hollywood

DORSET historian, writer and musician Tim Laycock and actress Emma Hill have got together to form a new theatre company and their first production will be Curtis Butterworth Loves Molly May, at the Pointe in Durngate Street, Dorchester, on 26th and 27th October. Tim and Emma are directing the play based on an unpublished short…

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Roger McGough at Bridport

ONE of the nation’s favourite poets, described by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy as “the patron saint of poetry,” Roger McGough is coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 25th October, at 7.30pm. One of the acclaimed Liverpool poets, who were influenced by Beat poetry and the music and culture of 1960s Liverpool, Roger McGough…

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Matthew Biggs at Brimsmore Gardens

GARDENERS Question Time regular Matthew Biggs brings his gardening expertise to Brimsmore Gardens at Yeovil on Saturday 26th October at 7pm, when he will talk about the history and work of the Royal Horticultural Society. The evening is part of this year’s Yeovil Literary Festival, which runs from Thursday 31st October to Monday 4th November….

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Because the world is round

SEPTEMBER 2019 marked the golden anniversary of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road – the last work they recorded before their seismic breakup. Now leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn is touring a show about the album, visiting the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Tuesday 29th October. Abbey Road was released in September 1969, and marked the end…

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Ships of Heaven

BROTHER and sister will be on stage at Cedars Hall, Wells, at noon on Sunday 20th October, when newsreader Julia Somerville interviews her brother Christopher about his new book, Ships of Heaven, about this country’s majestic cathedrals. The event is part of this year’s Wells Festival of Literature. Christopher Somerville, the walking correspondent for both…

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