Words! Words! Words!

Discover an Indian epic

THE colourful and vivid dramas of the great Hindu gods are brought vividly to life with music and storytelling in Ramayana, performed by Emily Hennessey and sitar virtuoso Sheema Mukherjee at Morden village hall on Saturday 1st February, at 7.30pm, and Springhead at Fontmell Magna on Sunday 2nd, at 5pm. Deep in the forest Rama…

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More volunteers needed at Coleridge Cottage

THE National Trust is calling for volunteers to join the team at Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, the former home of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. There are two informal drop-in days, on Tuesday 4th February and Saturday 8th, when potential volunteers can find out more about the work of the National Trust, looking…

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Mark Thomas has 50 things to say

MARK Thomas is funny, but he is so much more than that. Social commentator, mischief-maker, polemicist and general disrupter, he is on tour with a new show, 50 Things About Us, on Saturday 1st February at the Red House Theatre in Plymouth. The tour continues at Bridport’s Electric Palace on Saturday 22nd and Dorchester Arts…

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Sharing the Wonder of words

BATH-based childrens literature experts Gill and John McLay have launched a new not-for-profit venture – Wonder (www.eventsofwonder.com) will be a year-round series of entertaining and inspiring children’s book events in Bath, Bristol and beyond. Capturing imaginations and inspiring future storytellers, Wonder’s aim is not only to bring some of the world’s biggest selling children’s authors…

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Launch of 2020 Dorchester writing prize

THE Hall & Woodhouse DLF Local Writing Prize, created by the Dorchester Literary Festival, is now open for entries in its third year. Available to authors either based in the West Country, or with a strong connection to it, the prize offers a great opportunity for publicity and promotion, plus the chance to win £1,000….

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A multi-talented national Trevor

SOME people harbour a secret ambition to become a national treasure, but trust Sandi Toksvig to have a different take on life. As she explains in her solo show, Sandi Toksvig: National Trevor, coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Friday 17th January, she sees herself as half misprint, half Danish comedian, novelist, actor and…

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Radio licence for Shaftesbury’s Alfred podcast

SHAFTESBURY and the surrounding area will get its own community radio station, following news that the broadcasting regulator Ofcom has awarded a licence to the not-for-profit Alfred podcast. The decision means that Alfred, which has been creating online radio-style programmes or podcasts for the past couple of years, will soon be available on FM radio,…

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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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