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Starry line-up for Dorchester LitFest

TICKETS are now on sale for Dorchester Literature Festival, running from 17th to 21st October, with a fascinating line-up that includes novelist Joanna Trollope, foreign correspondent Mark Austin (who started his journalistic career on the Bournemouth Echo), Judy Murray, tennis coach, adviser and mother of Andy and Jamie, and politician Vince Cable. With other big…

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Performance poet joins Dr Feelgood at Lyme

A PERFORMANCE poet whose work is praised by composer Philip Glass is coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis to share a stage with veteran rockers Dr Feelgood, on Friday 3rd August. Mike Garry, who has collaborated with New Order at Carnegie Hall, will be in Lyme Regis as part of a super-weekend that…

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Shire Hall’s creative café for writers

BUDDING writers are invited to get free help with their work at the first creative cafe at Dorchester’s Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. Prize-winning writer of short fiction and poetry Gail Aldwin will be holding a free session for creative writers at the café on 18th July from 11am-3pm. Writers will be able to drop…

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Billy and Steve at Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

STEVE Knightley and Billy Bragg are among the musicians performing at this year’s Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, from 20th to 22nd July this year, a little later than usual to avoid a clash with the Durham Miners Gala. The programme is the familiar mixture of talks, radical films, comedy, workshops, and music. Other performers include Captain…

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Tess and Mr Hardy

THOMAS Hardy’s relationship with the remarkable Thornycroft family is told through readings from letters, diaries and other writings for a joint event of Dorchester Arts with the Thomas Hardy Society, at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Monday 16th July. Hardy’s relationship with the notable Thornycroft famly stretched through the generations from his friendship with the sculptor Hamo…

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