An inspirational story from holocaust survivor Ruth Schwiening

Did you get to see Susi Wright’s fabulous exhibition, Six Million White Roses, in The Buttermarket in Newark last month?

It finished a few days ago and attracted lots of visitors to explore the amazing artwork on display…

And raised some well-deserved funds from the sale of quite a few of them, which is going to The National Holocaust Centre over in Laxton.

One of the exhibitors was holocaust survivor Ruth Schwiening who’ll be speaking at the centre on Sunday 11 December. This is a great chance to hear her story which Susi quite rightly describes as moving, humbling and inspiring.

Ruth’s new book, which was on sale during the exhibition in The Buttermarket, will be available to buy and Ruth will be on hand to chat to visitors and sign copies too.

Booking for the event is essential and tickets are on sale, priced £9 for adults and £7.50 for over 65s and children between 8 and 16 years old. Children aged 3 to 8 are admitted free and family tickets, for 2 adults and up to three children, are just £28 each.

The talk itself runs from 1pm to 2.30pm and the centre will be open from 10am to 4.30pm to allow visitors to explore the exhibitions and memorial gardens.

To book tickets, call 01623 836627 or visit the centre’s website and click on the What’s On tab on the menu at the top of the home page.

If you weren’t able to visit Six Million White Roses in person, you can follow this link to see some recent coverage on Notts TV – just fast forward to around 13 minutes in to find it…

And make sure keep an eye out for the flipbook coming soon, with lots of photos of the fantastic work Susi and all of the artists brought to town last month.

Photo by Jackie Spindley

Are you ready for this year’s Book Festival?

If you’ve been soaking up the glorious sunshine recently, you’ll know that summer has definitely arrived and not far behind it is festival season.

But while some festival goers are ticking off checklists including sleeping bags, waterproofs and ear defenders, visitors to the Newark Book Festival don’t have such extensive equipment requirements.

And although others may still be trying to choose where to go depending on their favourite music style, be it heavy metal, country or pop, there’s no need for fans of various literary genres to compromise…

Because the organisers of the festival that runs from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 July have events covering everything from crime to romance, children’s books to current affairs and history to speculative fiction.

So just what do you need to do to be Newark Book Festival ready?

  • Book your tickets – The festival programme includes many free as well as paid for events. And although some tickets may be available on the door, it’s always advisable to book in advance to ensure your seat. Newark Palace Theatre can help with that on 01636 655755 or online via the website.
  • Make a plan to not miss out – Many festivals have multiple stages with acts performing simultaneously and the Newark Book Festival is no exception, using numerous venues across the town over the four days. So pore over a printed programme or head over to the festival website here for a bit of bedtime reading over the coming days to ensure you’ll be in the right place at the right time.
  • Headliners – When you’re making that schedule, don’t forget to add in a few of the showstopping headliners to make sure they get a warm welcome when they arrive in town. KJ Maitland, Elly Griffiths, Gill Hornby, Milly Johnson and Louise Candlish are just some of the bestsellers getting ready to visit Newark.
  • Festival fashion – There’s no need to update your wardrobe – tassels, body glitter or flower crowns are not necessary, although they’re perfectly acceptable of course! Just make sure you accessorise with a bag that’s big enough to take home your own mini library of signed editions.
  • Hit the right note – There may not be any crowd surfing required but there’ll still be a lot of mellow melodies to drift into summer on, given that this year’s festival has a musical theme. West End performers Glyn Kerslake and Elaine Glover will both perform famous songs inspired by literature, Mark Lewisohn will be talking all about The Beatles and the Palace Theatre will host An Evening With The Kanneh-Masons.
  • Come armed with questions – Audience participation is much encouraged, not only during the workshops on offer but also when there’s a chance to quiz the authors in Q&A sessions at the end of their talks and conversations.
  • Bring sun cream – You might not need a tent to enjoy this festival but it’s still worth lathering on the lotion as there are lots of events taking place outside as well as inside, with the Market Place, St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens and Newark Castle all providing backdrops for street theatre, live music and alfresco story times.

If there’s anything else you’ve found essential at a previous Newark Book Festival, just get in touch through the social media accounts @newarkbookfest and #NewarkBF or tell one of the team in person at the festival stall in the literature village in the Market Place throughout the festival.

Fancy being a DJ on your favourite local radio station?

Do you love music, love local and fancy yourself as a radio presenter?

Radio Newark – the home of Your Sunday Best of course! – is looking for new voices to join its team and one of them could be YOURS!!

Licensed by Ofcom and run by a dedicated team of volunteers, the station has been serving Newark and Sherwood with feel good music and local information since 2015 from state of the art digital studios at Barnby Road Academy.

It can be heard in Newark and nearby villages on 107.8 FM and elsewhere on Alexa, on its free phone apps or online here.

As a local radio station, it’s important that presenters have strong links with Newark and Sherwood so ideally you’ll live or work in the area or have previously lived or worked here.

Don’t worry if you’ve no previous experience – you’ll be given all the support and guidance you need – just follow this link to find out how to apply, get your applications in by Saturday 31 July and one of the team will contact you..

And if  you don’t want to be a presenter but would like to offer behind the scenes help, the good news is that Radio Newark is on the lookout for support in other areas too…

So if you have administrative and organisational skills, a leaning towards IT and technical or something else to offer, do please get in touch.