Celebrating books, arts, crafts and a whole lot more this autumn!

It’s time for a look ahead to a couple of major events coming to two local towns with the help of this week’s guests on Girls Around Town.

Getting it all started, Jane Keightley will be on the phone to the studio from just after 10.20am with the latest news about the first ever Boston Book Festival taking place next month…

Then the focus is on Newark itself when Donna Hall joins June in the studio at 11.10am with details of another brand new event the Palace Theatre will be hosting at the beginning of October.

A regular guest on the show, Jane will have the latest details of what’s in store for book lovers over the weekend of Friday 17 to Sunday 19 September.

From poetry to chicklit, children’s books to historical fiction – and everything in between – there’s bound to be something to suit you, whether you’re an avid reader or just looking for something to pass the time while you’re sitting on a plane heading to the sun!

With all the events taking place at venues in and around Boston’s historic Market Place, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to meet some of the authors and talk about their work…

Who knows, you may even be inspired to write your very own best-seller!

Then, with a little help from Donna, it’s time to look ahead to the beginning of October and an event which, among other venues, features another equally historic Market Place just a short distance from the Radio Newark studio.

Part of a nationwide initiative which encourages communities to come together and create their own events, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone, Newark’s Fun Palace will be showcasing all that the area has to offer.

From crafts to cooking, dance to self-defence classes and much more, the sky really is the limit in what’s being described as ‘a jumble sale of skills’ on offer between Friday 1 and Sunday 3 October.

Donna will have all the information you need, whether you’re a local crafter, maker or business owner looking to show off your own skills or you want to bring the family along to some of the activities and join in the fun.

Don’t forget to your Put On Your Sunday Best this weekend to join June, Jane and Donna listen online, on the apps or on 107.8FM from 10am to 12 noon….

And in the meantime, put those September and October dates in your diaries to make sure you don’t miss these two exciting new events coming to Boston and Newark this autumn!

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 chance to get crafty

What do owl carvings and cupcake toppers, bentwood chairs and felt bowls all have in common?

They’re just a handful of the workshops on the Rural Antics spring programme, as you’ll find out when Amanda Stone’s on the phone to June during this weekend’s show.

With a wide range of arts and crafts on offer right through till the end of May, there’s every chance you’ll find something there to spark your interest!

The published programme may not go ahead exactly as and when planned, with another national lockdown currently in place, but it’s still worth taking a look at what’s on the list – any of the workshops that have to be postponed will be rescheduled as soon as it’s safe to do so and all bookings made will be transferred to the new dates.

Tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 11.20am on Sunday to hear more from Amanda, who’ll be taking a look back too at how the team and the tutors adapted to all the different restrictions during 2020

And how they’ll be putting what they learned over the last few months to good use when things are up and running once more!