Getting ready for a fortnight of festivals

Are you feeling festive?

Don’t panic, you don’t need to be thinking about Christmas for a while yet – but the festival season is just around the corner and here in the East Midlands it’s time to get ready for festival fortnight!

Not one but two well-known events are in the final stages of preparation right now and if you’re into reading or gardening – or both! – mid July has plenty to offer for the whole family.

First up, from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 July, the Newark Book Festival returns to various venues across the town…

And it’s closely followed by the Belvoir Castle Flower & Garden Show, which takes place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July.

Want to find out a bit more about what to expect? You need to join June next week, when she’s back behind the mic chatting to Andy Tudbury and Becky Goddard-Hill between 10am and 12 noon.

Andy will be on the phone just after 10.20am with the latest news about the Flower & Garden Show in the grounds of the magnificent Belvoir Castle.

Be prepared for a weekend of colour and inspiration for those with a love of gardening, featuring everything from sculpture artists, tools, garden furniture and crafts retailers to live music and a range of food and refreshments…

Along with the opportunity to get your gardening questions answered by expert horticulturists in the Lets Talk area.

Then at 11.10am it’s Becky’s turn to ring the studio to talk about one of the many activities taking place when the Book Festival comes to town once more.

If you’re a mum, a dad or a grandparent, you’ll want to hear what she has to say about Create Your Own Kindness, her latest book that’s packed with fun activities to inspire kids to be kinder to themselves, others and the planet.

Find out how they can take part in the event she’s running on Saturday 10 July – an hour of activities available both online and on the large screen at the National Civil War Centre – and how to get tickets to join in the fun.

Make sure you’re tuned in to 107.8FM or listening online for all this and more when you Put On Your Sunday Best again next weekend!

Networking – the new normal

Do you rely on networking to build your business? And have you been struggling to succeed during these strange times?

Next weekend’s guest on Girls Around Town is here to help!

Publisher, author and motivational speaker Ladey Adey joins June on the phone in the second hour of the show to talk about how online networking has saved many businesses.

And how her latest book, Successful Business Networking Online, could help do the same for yours…

“Lockdown has changed business networking forever – no one could have predicted this new normal,” she says. “But this swift transformation has created huge opportunities for those smart enough to exploit them fully.”

Alongside over 100 interviews with super-successful business owners and seasoned networkers, the book unlocks critical secrets to guide you through the principles that will help you

  • Become successful using online networking post Covid-19
  • Discover the strategies needed to guarantee your professional success
  • Understand the difference between online and in-person networking – and it’s not just technology!

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am  to hear what Ladey has to say – and make sure you join June from 10am to catch all the usual gossip and good music on your favourite Sunday morning show!

Do the write thing

Have you ever thought about writing a book? A novel perhaps or maybe something non-fiction?

And having thought about it, did you actually put pen to paper – or, more likely these days, fingers to keyboard – to do it and even have it published?

One local lady who’s done just that is Kathy Davies and she’ll be on the phone to Girls Around Town next weekend to tell June all about it…

Published in May and written under her pen name Kathy Kingsley, Regrets? has already earned several 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Married with three young children and a job she loves,  Laurie supposedly has it all. Or she would have if it wasn’t for her arrogant, domineering, chauvinistic husband Rich, who just wants a housewife. Tension builds and their marriage begins to crumble.

With her life spiralling out of control, Laurie meets Mike. Funny, caring, considerate and loving, he’s everything Rich isn’t and inevitably she falls in love, utterly and completely.

Caught between duty and happiness, she faces a heartbreaking choice…

An avid reader herself, June admits to seeing some of the developments in Laurie’s story coming but the final chapter definitely took her by surprise. Don’t worry though, no spoiler alert necessary – Kathy won’t be giving the ending away during their chat!

She will be sharing a bit more of the plot, along with the personal experience that prompted her to finally make a start on the book after years of putting it off and what she’s decided to do with all the profits from sales in 2020…

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am next Sunday to find out more – who knows, what Kathy has to say just might inspire you to do the write thing too!