Film star Jack Lowden has been added to the bill for this year’s Borders Book Festival. The 28-year-old, born in Essex but brought up in the Borders has been booked to read extracts from the six books vying for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize.This year’s contenders are Peter Carey’s A Long Way from Home, Cressida Connolly’s After the Party, Samantha Harvey’s The Western Wind, Andrew Miller’s Now We Shall be Entirely Free, Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight and Robin Robertson’s The Long Take.Lowden’s readings and the announcement of this year’s winner will take place in a marquee at the Melrose festival, just a 16-mile drive from the actor’s family home in Oxton, on Saturday, June 15.Tickets for that event cost £5. For further details, go to www.bordersbookfestival.orgA spokesperson for the festival said: “It’s exciting news that Jack Lowden, one of today’s finest young actors, is coming to the … [Read more...] about Film star Jack Lowden joins line-up for Borders Book Festival
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Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis has paid tribute to The Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, as she revealed that his band were booked to perform at this year’s festival. Eavis shared a video clip on Twitter of the group performing their number one hit Firestarter at the event in 1997, and described the musician as an “incredible frontman.” “We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint,” she wrote. “He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. What an incredible frontman.” She went on to hail their 1997 set, which marked the first time that a dance act had headlined the iconic festival, as “a huge, unforgettable moment.” The band also played at the festival in 1995 and 2009. The 49-year-old was found dead at his home in Essex earlier today. His bandmates Liam Howlett and Maxim Reality (real name Keith Palmer) confirmed the sad news in a statement, in which they described Flint as a … [Read more...] about Emily Eavis confirms The Prodigy were booked for Glastonbury 2019
THE Prodigy had been booked to perform at Glastonbury this summer before frontman Keith Flint's death, the festival has confirmed. Co-founder Emly Eavis paid tribute to the music icon after he was found dead at his home in Essex this morning, aged 49. His Prodigy co-founder Liam Howlett said Flint had 'taken his own life' in an emotional statement. Eavis told fans the group had been due to play the famous festival in June, having previously headlined in 1997 and 2009. She wrote on Twitter: "We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Keith Flint. He’s played here so many times with the Prodigy and was booked for 2019. "What an incredible frontman. Here’s a clip from ‘97 when they were the first dance band to headline Glastonbury - a huge, unforgettable moment." The iconic singer, from Essex, was discovered at around 8am this morning after police and paramedics were called to the property. Officers remain outside the £1.5m rural home this morning but his death … [Read more...] about Keith Flint was set to perform with Prodigy at Glastonbury 2019 before ‘suicide’ at Essex home
PRODUCERS of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are have contacted Buckingham Palace in the hope of helping The Duchess of Sussex learn about her heritage. 'Longing' Meghan Markle has previously spoken publicly about wanting to know more of her family history, and so popular TV show Finding Your Roots stepped in to help. Using a team of genealogists to look at paper trails ancestors left behind, and DNA experts who use the latest technology in genetic analysis, it looks back on hundreds of years of personal family history. And the series has already featured many celebrities, including actors Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Junior, singer John Legend, musician Sting and Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. Guests are given their own Book Of Life during the show which details everything the researchers have found about them and their family - allowing the stars to look back in time. The Daily Star found out from an unnamed source that the show had contacted Meghan, … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle’s slave ancestors and Essex boy relations ‘could be revealed’ after approach from US Who Do You Think You Are?
Calling all LEGO fans - get ready for the festival of your dreams! The hugely popular Ware's The Bricks convention is back for 2019, promising heaps of incredible displays, brick building zones, and more Lego-themed surprises. There will be LEGO models covering a whole range of fun and quirky themes including fantasy and sci-fi, as well as classic Space models and creations to entire city layouts. Meanwhile, there'll be plenty of traders selling everything from individual minifigures to rare collectable sets and customised & personalised items. Kids can also put their skills to the test in the dedicated Brick Building zones with thousands of bricks, and of course check out the displays and get some inspiration for their next Lego adventure! Getting peckish? There will be food and drink on offer too (real food, not made out of Lego!). The event will be taking place over Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April, at the Ware Priory in Hertfordshire. The best part is you won't need to break … [Read more...] about Lego fan festival returns to the UK and families are going to absolutely love it