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Shirley Mann’s first novel

My first novel comes out in e form on 31st Oct and in paperback form on 23rd Jan. It’s being published by Bonnier Zaffre and my agent is Kate Barker.  
The novel is called Lily’s War and is a book loosely based on my parents’ wartime romance; my mum was a WAAF with Bomber Command and my dad was a tank transporter driver in the 8th Army.  

The Write on Art competition returns!

We're excited to announce the return of Write on Art, our annual prize for young art writers aged 15–18, sponsored in partnership with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. To take part, entrants write about one artwork featured on the Art UK website for a chance to have their work published online and win the top cash prize of £500

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Writing for Wellbeing workshop with Leonie Martin. Saturday 2nd November 10:30 - 12:30 at Chesterfield Library

Try Writing for Wellbeing at Chesterfield Library. Using a series of fun and engaging prompts, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and put pen to paper. Working within a safe and respectful space, therapeutic writing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement. No previous knowledge or experience of creative writing is needed; writers of all levels of experience are welcome. You should be aged 18 years and above. All writing materials will be provided. 

Physical Theatre Performer vacancy

Hubbub Theatre Company is looking to recruit a physical theatre performer for the Creative Development of their next touring production The Drum working with Gecko’s Associate Director, Helen Baggett who will be the Movement Collaborator.

Take a look at the Erewash Festival of Light programme

Erewash Festival of Light began in 2006. The annual programme includes free festivals, events and activities marking a range of traditional and culturally diverse celebrations. For our 2019-2020 programme these will be Diwali, Christmas, Winter Solstice and Chinese New Year.
Since it began, over 20 000 people have taken part in creative workshops and public events, making artwork for festivals and displays, or simply coming along to enjoy.

Festival fan Amber is ready to go as leading lights join star cast

Preparations for this year’s Repton Literary Festival are well under way with one of the event’s biggest fans joining the team.  Local graduate Amber Wood (22) is one of a host of volunteers working to make this year’s event an even greater success.

In 2018, the first Repton Literary Festival was created and enjoyed by many. In October 2019, it's back - bigger and better, inspiring a new generation of writers and bringing engaging speakers to this wonderful village.

Says Amber, who lives in Newton Solney:

Artist Residencies at Ashgate Hospicecare

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for two artists to work in residence with Ashgate Hospicecare. Beginning in January 2020 the paid residencies will also include valuable training and support about working in the specialist palliative care setting.


Workers would vote for this Victorian’s values

Not all Victorians’ values were bad — and Britain’s long-suffering workers would be better off if we’d listen to at least one of them, leading psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper has said.

John Ruskin, an art critic, social commentator and one-man early warning system about the drudgery of work in the machine age, is today the inspiration for enlightened industrialists, Buxton International Festival’s Big Weekend will discover on October 18.


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