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Bringing back beavers

THE latest talk in the Help Our Planet series at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, focuses on the return of beavers to English rivers for the first time in many centuries. Rewilder, farmer and conservationist Derek Gow’s HOP talk, on Tuesday 12th October at 7pm, is called Bringing Back the Beaver and its Pals. Gow has…

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Digging deeper at Stourpaine

DORSET’s Tears in the Fence Literary Festival returns to Stourpaine from 2nd to 5th September with an interesting line up of poets and writers. Most events take place in the village hall with music, open readings, talks and discussions, book signings and a bookstall. The 2021 festival, entitled Digging Deeper: Roots and Remains, will explore…

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The story of cider

CIDERMAKING has been at the heart of country life for hundreds of years. But the fascinating story of how this drink came into existence and why it became so deeply rooted in the nation’s psyche has never been told. In his new book, Cider Country – How an Ancient Craft Became a Way of Life,…

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New work focuses on homelessness

A JAZZ and spoken word work called Comfort In Chaos will be premiered at the 1532 Performing Arts Centre in Bristol on Saturday 18th September. Composed by Harriet Riley (Paraorchestra) and Pete Judge (Get The Blessing), Comfort In Chaos highlights growing concerns about homelessness and the work of Bristol charity, 1625 Independent People, which works…

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Futureproof your veg plot

ORGANIC gardening expert Sally Morgan is coming to Castle Gardens at Sherborne on Thursday 2nd September to launch her new book, The Healthy Vegetable Garden. Delving into natural, chemical free approaches to soil, biodiversity and managing pests and diseases, this free event will give growers of all abilities the opportunity to learn how to maintain…

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Celebrating Elizabeth Adam at the Slade Centre

AN exhibition of ceramics, screen prints and life drawings at the Slade Centre at Gillingham, running to 4th September, is a celebration of the work of the Dorset artist, Elizabeth Adam. A book to accompany the exhibition is being launched on 21st August. It features photographs of Elizabeth’s house, studio and garden taken by Kirsten…

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Celebrating Dorset food in poetry

A POEM that has been commissioned by Dorset’s rural arts charity Artsreach and Dorset Food and Drink was launched online on Monday 9th August at 11am via the Artsreach YouTube site. Dairy Cows and Dorset Knobs, a poem for the local shoppers of Dorset by Liv Torc is the culmination of a project between the…

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Waldegrave and Adie at Cedars Hall

ONE of the world’s best-known journalists, Kate Adie, will be in conversation with William Waldegrave, the patron of Wells Literature Festival at a special pre-festival event at Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School, on Thursday 26th August. Kate Adie was one of the first British women to send despatches from danger zones around the world: both…

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Anna of the Russias at Sladers Yard

A BRILLIANT poet and an inspiration to her fellow countrymen, Anna Akhmatova is celebrated in a talk at Sladers Yard, the gallery and arts centre at West Bay, on Thursday 1st July at 7.30pm. Anna Akhmatova’s was one of the most dramatic lives in the history of poetry. She lived through the uprising of 1905…

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Helping our planet at Lyme Regis

ENVIRONMENTALIST Sir Ghillean Prance, former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis to give athe inaugural Hop Talk, on the theme Tropical Rainforests, on Tuesday 1st June at 7pm. Professor Prance opens the series of Help Our Planet talks, hosted by the theatre, drawing on more than 20…

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