PUBLISHED: 11:06 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 July 2019 Rosemary Westwell Ely Arts Festival Writers' Day 2019 in Witchford. Author Alison Bruce is pictured. Picture: SUPPLIED Archant Inspiring workshops from local writer Alison Bruce were presented at the Isle of Ely Arts Festival Writers' Day. Ely Arts Festival Writers’ Day 2019 in Witchford. Picture: ROSEMARY WESTWELLIt was held on June 29 at St Andrew's Hall in Witchford.Alison Bruce delivered inspiring workshops on 'Character' and 'Plot' and Ben Langley gave a short talk on how he created his first novel.It was generally agreed that it was a highly successful day with one participant described it as 'inspiring, informative and a great incentive to get writing'. It is planned to have a similar Writers' Day with differently-themed workshops at the end of June next year. At the end of the day, the winners of the associated short story competition were announced. Entries came from all over the world including Spain. Ely … [Read more...] about REVIEW: Ely Arts Festival Writers’ Day in Witchford
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Artists and performers from more than 20 countries converge as Brighton Festival kicks off this weekend, promising a spectacular, vibrant cultural explosion across more than 130 events. Celebrated Malian musician Rokia Traoré is the guest director for Brighton Festival 2019, the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England.She promises storytelling at the heart of a wide-ranging, diverse and international festival, encouraging audiences to meet, listen and pass on their experiences.Running from May 4-26, it promises a space for contemporary expression from around the world. See who's coming to the Brighton Festival The importance of respect for all cultures and for nurturing the next generation of artists will be the heart and soul of this year’s programme, offering new and unexpected events across 25 venues and locations across Brighton, Hove.Rokia has built her own series of events as the spine of the festival.Coming up, under her auspices, are:Né So, … [Read more...] about Get ready for Brighton Festival 2019!
MY trips to Magaluf and Thailand never much impressed Nanny Marie, but her failing eyes lit up with the news I was taking the family off to Margate. Sixty years earlier Mrs Downes, who has never ventured out of England and proudly owns no passport, was a regular down at the Kent seafront resort. “We used to drive up to Cliftonville as it was where all the posh people lived,” she proudly informed me. But the whole area seems to have had an extensive, and expensive, makeover since her glory days. Famous as the destination for Derek Trotter’s Jolly Boys’ Outing in a 1989 episode of Only Fools And Horses, the whole place gives off a much more modern and family feel now. The focus of our trip was seafront amusement park Dreamland. It reopened four years ago as a heritage attraction with 17 rides spanning the decades, from its 1920s beginnings right up to the modern day. There are now 26 rides to keep even the fussiest theme park addict happy. There are plenty of … [Read more...] about Sun man treats his gran to a day out at Margate’s revamped Dreamland amusement park
The 15th edition of Dublin Dance Festival (DDF) promises to be a celebration of brilliant, awe-inspiring and thought-provoking dance from across the globe, taking place across Dublin from May 1st to 19th. Opening with Riot starring the Queen of Ireland Pantibliss, and closing with master of contemporary dance Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, this year’s programme offers the chance to witness ground-breaking work by legendary dance artists; a space in which to contemplate the politics, environment and technology of our spinning world, and for every body to cut loose, party and of course, dance! Come with us and discover what's on in the full 2019 Edition, which spans a series of conversations worth having. [For more information and to book tickets, visit www.dublindancefestival.ie] Power of PartySometimes the effects of our dizzying world bring us to the brink and we need to cut loose. To act, enjoy, express. To embark on a search for shared release. To find a … [Read more...] about Dublin Dance Festival celebrates 15th edition this May
The line-up for this year’s Platform Festival has been unveiled and it features some of the best music and comedy from around the UK and beyond. The Shires, Hothouse Flowers, Seth Lakeman, and Lucy Spraggan are among the acts to play the festival which is on from Wednesday July 10 to Saturday July 13, Now into its fourth year, Platform Festival is brought to you by Pocklington Arts Centre and sees thousands of people descend onto the town’s old railway station for four days of live music and comedy in an event like no other.Centre director Janet Farmer said: “Platform Festival is without doubt one of the highlights of our live events programme.“The festival has a unique and intimate atmosphere and has what we believe to be one of the most dynamic & diverse line-ups we've programmed.“We look forward to building on the success of previous years where we have welcomed the likes of Lucinda Williams, KT Tunstall, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Ross Noble to the … [Read more...] about Yorkshire’s Platform Festival headliners revealed