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New writer in residence at Poole

JACK Thacker, who teaches English at Bristol University, is the new writer-in-residence at Poole’s Lighthouse centre for the arts. Over the course of the next year Jack will absorb all aspects of life at the arts centre and respond to what he hears and sees before publishing his work through the writer development agency, Artfulscribe,…

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Following the Great Game at Tollard Royal

IRANIAN expert Antony Wyn gives the next Tollard Talk, on Thursday 28th, at Tollard Royal, exploring the Great Game in Persia through the early life of Sir Percy Sykes – explorer, consul, soldier and spy – and grandfather of the late Tristram Sykes of Norrington Manor, Alvediston. As Lord Curzon’s ‘man in Persia’ from 1892…

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Remembering Magellan

FIVE hundred years ago Ferdinand Magellan and a crew of 260 set sail from Spain on 20th September 1519 on a journey that would change human history. The story of the great explorer and the wife who waited at home is told in a new performance with music coming to Ashmore Village Hall on Saturday…

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Planting the Oudolf way

LANDSCAPE designer Piet Oudolf, whose innovative creations include the Oudolf Field at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, at Bruton, is a leading member of the New Perennials group, particularly noted for his naturalistic planting in swathes of grasses and perennial plants. His work at Hauser & Wirth’s Durslade Farm galleries and arts centre is described in…

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Poets and pints at David Hall

THE poetry and comedy cabaret, The Hip Yak Poetry Shack comes to the David Hall at South Petherton on Friday 15th November for a Poets and Pints Night at 7.30pm. Prepare for a fun, friendly and exhilarating night of poetry for audience and poets, hosted by national spoken-word stars Chris Redmond, Jonny Fluffypunk and Liv…

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Remembering an 18th century star

THE Burney family, whose best known member was the writer Fanny Burney, were celebrities in their day. They were the “stars of the 18th century,” says Dr Deborah Jones, who lives in Shaftesbury and is secretary of the Burney Society UK. Dr Jones gives an illustrated talk about this remarkable family at Gold Hill Museum…

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Spooky tales for Hallowe’en

BRAVE Bold Drama will be at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Thursday 31st October, with a new Hallowe’en show for families, Sticky Ends: The Spooky Edition. Expect comic cautionary stories and songs for modern children with the spirit of the Hallowe’en season firmly in mind. Although sometimes gently gruesome, there’s nothing scary to alarm small…

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