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Kate’s portraits at Glastonbury

SOMERSET artist and writer Kate Lynch has a new book and accompanying exhibition reflecting two years of drawing and painting 30 traditional craftspeople and collecting their stories. These Somerset makers include the last sieve and riddlemaker in the country, a papermaker working in a mill powered by a waterwheel, hedgelayers, blacksmiths, brushmaker, dry stone waller,…

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New photographic festival at Frome

WORLD-class photography takes centre stage at Frome this summer at a new festival, PhotoFrome,  running daily for from 21st June to 15th July. The festival will showcase all types of photography from local, national, and international photographers at five exhibition venues, all with free entry. There will be talks, workshops, a book fair, portfolio reviews…

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Climate and change at East Quay

THREE women artists, working in different media but all concerned with the climate crisis, are taking part in Better Than This, the first exhibition in the Climate and Change series at East Quay, Watchet, from 21st May to 31st August. Audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde, writer and artist Amy Howden-Chapman and spoken work artist Liv Torc…

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Invitation to the Bath party

BATH’S biggest free party is back, with the free opening celebrations of this year’s Bath Festival, on Friday 13th May from 5pm. After two years’ Covid-enforced absence, the festival organisers are delighted to invite the crowds back for a massive colourful party, taking over venues across the city. Whatever your taste in music, whether it…

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PJ Harvey’s gifts to Dorset Museum

DORSET-born singer-songwriter, musician and poet PJ Harvey has visited Dorset Museum in Dorchester to present a hand-corrected proof of her dialect poem Orlam and a photograph showing her wearing traditional Dorset buttons. Accompanied by her mother Eva, she spent an afternoon at the museum, starting in the library. Here she presented the interim director Elizabeth…

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Agatha Christie at Shire Hall

SHIRE Hall, Dorchester’s award-winning social justice museum, turns to crime this summer. The fascinating museum, which includes the court-room where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried and convicted, is hosting an exhibition focusing on Agatha Christie. From Miss Marple to Hercule Poirot, from murder at the vicarage to murder on the Orient Express, Christie created characters…

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Early silent Hitchcock for film festival

ALFRED Hitchcock’s The Lodger, his third feature, a silent film made in 1927, is one of the highlights of this year’s From Page To Screen Film Festival at Bridport, from Wednesday 27th April to Sunday 1st May. The festival, under curator Edith Bowman, is presenting a programme of more than 20 adaptations, historic and new,…

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An epic pandemic journey

TRAVEL writer and broadcaster Simon Parker, who has reported from more than 100 countries over the years, took to his bike to explore his homeland during the pandemic. He tells his story in A Night of Adventure Cycling 3,247 Miles Around Pandemic Britain, at Dorchester Corn Exchange on 24th April at 3pm. The multimedia presentation…

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The Keeper of Stories

SALLY Page could almost have called her debut novel The Terrier’s Tale rather than The Keeper of Stories. A “small, untidy fox terrier” is almost as important as the central character, Janice, the cleaner, whose story is told in this enchanting, funny and touching book. Janice sees herself as invisible to her clients and that…

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