Words! Words! Words!

Celebrating the spoken word

BARDFEST, a celebration of the spoken word, comes to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 20th August, at 6.30pm, with a line-up of local and guest poets and performers, hosted by Kevan Manwaring. The evening starts with local folk dance side, Wyld Morris, and Jane Silver-Corren’s Voices of Hope choir. Debut poet Estelle Phillips will share…

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Love in a supermarket

POET and BBC Radio 4 regular John Osborne heads to the The Royal Oak in Drimpton at 6.30pm on Sunday 7th August to perform his new poetry collection about supermarkets and the people who use them. A Supermarket Love Story comes to Dorset through Artsreach, as part of The Inn Crowd, a national project that…

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Songs for survivors

IT feels as if we are living through apocalyptic times, so what better entertainment than Armageddon Attenborough, at the Beehive centre, Honiton, on Friday 15th July when Bumnote – Chris White and Hal Kelly – perform their lo-fi comedy musical about the apocalypse, people, and what it means to survive. You are promised a story…

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Salt in the air, songs on the path

AN exciting collaboration between best-selling writer and long-distance walker Raynor Winn and The Gigspanner Big Band, Saltlines will be performed at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, on Wednesday 13th July at 8pm, after its debut at Taunton Brewhouse on Friday 8th July. Audiences at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre can see it on Sunday 17th July….

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Former PM is guest speaker at Wells

FORMER Prime Minister Sir John Major will be the special guest speaker at an event marking the 30th anniversary of Wells Festival of Literature, on Monday 4th July. It marks an important event in the lives of both the festival and Sir John, who succeeded Margaret Thatcher as leader of the Conservative Party. In 1992,…

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A Renaissance and Baroque tapestry

MUSIC from the Renaissance and Baroque periods are woven into a fascinating musical tapestry in Historical Fiction, at Dorchester’s St Mary’s Church on Sunday 12th June at 7pm. Making a welcome return to Dorchester Arts, saxophonist Christian Forshaw is joined by soprano Grace Davidson and Libby Burgess, organ. The programme includes Handel’s Eternal Source of…

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Lyme gets into crime

A FORMER Home Secretary, the grand-daughter of a notorious double agent and one of the country’s leading forensic scientists will be among the speakers at a new literary festival, Lyme Crime, at Lyme Regis from 23rd to 25th June. A prolific memoirist, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson will be talking about his first foray into…

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A snapshot of rural life

A PAINTING of a traditional village choir – such as Thomas Hardy would have known – has been loaned to Dorset Museum at Dorchester from the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of a major new exhibition. Hardy’s Wessex – The Landscapes which Inspired a Writer, running from 28th May to 30th October, is a…

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