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Messums celebrates the spoken word

MESSUMS Wiltshire, the inspirational contemporary arts centre at the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, celebrates poetry and the voice in the Festival of the Spoken Word weekend, from 5th to 7th July. The opening night poetry performance features poet, playwright and actor Ben Norris (pictured) and music by singer-songwriter and spoken word performer Jade Cuttle….

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Garden storytellers at Dyrham Park

DISCOVER more about the history of the gardens of the National Trust’s Dyrham Park, just north of Bath, at regular weekend walks and talks by costumed storytellers, throughout the summer.. The events have a special focus on the development of the herb garden, Fountain Court, with garden tours, wildflower walks and folktales, and continue each…

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Not just a minute with Gyles

WIT, raconteur, author, broadcaster and former politician, Gyles Brandreth comes to Bridport Arts Centre on 8th July with his new show, Break A Leg. They say all political careers end in tears but in the case of Old Bedalian Gyles Brandreth it’s surely tears of laughter . In this show, the actor, author, One Show…

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What the hell is going on?

OVER more than 30 years with the BBC, Jeremy Vine thought he had pretty seen it all – and reported on it. But now he finds himself all at sea, as he entertainingly describes in his one-man stage show, What The Hell is Going On?, coming to the Regent Centre at Christchurch on Friday 14th…

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Robert Frost talk at Sladers Yard

GRAHAM Fawcett makes a welcome return to Sladers Yard at West Bay for another in his series of talks about leading poets, this time Robert Frost, on Thursday 13th June. Robert Frost: Life and Work begins at 7.30pm and includes readings from the many works published by this remarkable American poet. Graham Fawcett says: “Robert…

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Thou shalt savour Jay Rayner

JAY Rayner, restaurant critic of The Observer, chairman of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet and voted the country’s most influential food journalist, is coming to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 15th June, as part of the town’s food festival. The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business…

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Archaeologist launches second crime novel

ARCHAEOLOGIST Dr Nick Snashall, who writes as Nicola Ford, has published her second crime novel, The Lost Shrine. Dr Snashall,, who is the National Trust archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, published her debut thriller, The Hidden Bones, last year. Over the past three decades she has worked as an archaeologist across…

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Festival brings the city together

BATH’s combined festivals – music, arts, fringe and literature – really bring the community together, says Bath Festivals chairman John Cullum, as the city prepares for the opening night free Party in the City on Friday 17th May. Running to 26th May, with a finale weekend on 1st and 2nd June, this year’s combined festivals…

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