Time to get crafty – with cake!

If you’re a regular listener to Girls Around Town, you’ll know that cakes feature on the show fairly frequently – and this week is no exception!

But when former co-presenter Tina Bettison joins June on air again on Sunday, they’ll be talking about much more than just baking cakes…

Because Tina will be inviting everyone to get crafty and make a special one to share on social media to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Open Studio Notts

Whether you want to draw or paint, sculpt or sew, write a poem or sing and dance – or bake, of course! – anything goes. All you need to do is photograph or video your creation and post it on social media using the hashtag #osnottscake.

There are four different categories

  • Practising artists (for whom art or craft is their main income source)
  • Adults over 18 (not making an income from art or craft)
  • Young people (over 12)
  • Children (under 12)

Entries open on Monday 19 April and you have until Monday 14 June to get yours online – just include your name and category on the post and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize in the Crafty Birthday Cake Competition!

Tina will have more details when she’s on the phone from just after 11.10am this weekend and she’ll also be sharing the latest information about how artists across the county will be showcasing their work during May and June both virtually and, if the gradual easing of restrictions permits, by opening their doors to welcome visitors into their studios.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online to find out more…

And in the meantime, get your thinking caps on so you’re ready to join the party and get crafty with cake!

A new chapter for Newark Book Festival

If like June you’re a bit of a bookworm, you’ll probably remember this weekend’s guest from previous interviews over the last few years…

The organiser of the Newark Book Festival since summer 2017, Sara Bullimore will be on the phone during the second hour of show to share news of various book-related events, taking a look back at some of the past highlights and, more importantly perhaps, looking ahead to what’s on the cards for the coming weeks and months.

First up she’ll have details of the final chapter in the festival’s 2020 series, some online events for children, young people and families that will be taking place on Saturday 27 February.

And she’ll have news too of a month-long window trail around the town, an opportunity to add a little extra fun to your daily exercise and essential shopping trips with the help of the festival’s mascot.

Preparations are already well under way for this, with lots of local shops, cafés and other businesses signed up to take part, and if all goes to plan, you and your family will be able to go out and start the search for Barry The Bookworm from Monday 1 March!

For all the latest updates, together with news of a special new schools programme and more, make sure you’re tuned in to Girls Around Town on 107.8FM or listening online from 11.20am this Sunday to join fellow booklovers Sara and June…

From one kind of studio to another

Welcome to the first Girls Around Town of 2021!

June will be back in the Radio Newark studio from 10am till 12 noon this weekend, as she always is on Sunday mornings…

And, in a different kind of studio just a few miles up the road, another guest will be waiting to join her by phone for the first interview of the new year!

Upton-based artist and sculptor Susan Isaac will be describing how she’s had to change her business style slightly over the past few months, with the closure of all galleries and the cancellation of so many events and craft fairs.

A self-confessed tech novice, she’s been busy learning more about the online world as a way to keep in touch with people interested in her work and, with the help of daughter Elsa, has been building up her Instagram presence and working on her website.

Now, with the lifting of the second lockdown, some of her recent work is on display at Newark’s Gallery 6 in Between Times, a solo exhibition that’s open for pre-arranged private appointments until Saturday 9 January.

To hear more of Susan’s story, including her plan to invite visitors to view some of her work temporarily set up in her family’s 18th century threshing barn next to her studio once it’s allowed, make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online from 11.20am on Sunday…

And don’t forget to join June from 10am for all the usual features that make Girls Around Town your favourtie Sunday morning show!