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summer reading

From fiction to flowers – there’ll be two guests in the studio for next week’s show, when June and Sue are joined by Cathy Bramley and Linda Clark…

If you’re looking for ideas for summer reading, Nottinghamshire-based Cathy’s books are guaranteed to fit the bill.

She’ll be joining the Girls Around Town in the first hour to talk about how she made the switch from a marketing career to writing romantic fiction and introducing some of her best-loved characters from books such as The Plumberry School of Comfort FoodThe Lemon Tree Café and Appleby Farm.

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you’ve lost a friend – Paul Sweeney

There’ll be news too of Cathy’s involvement in this year’s Newark Book Festival, when she joins fellow writers Jackie Buxton and Eve Makis from 1.45pm to 3pm on Saturday 15 July in the Council Chamber of Newark Town Hall to discuss romance, relationships and contemporary fiction.

Later in the show, the focus is on all things floral when Linda steps up to the microphone.

June’s been a busy month for Linda, with British Flowers Week and the Lincolnshire Show just two of the events on her calendar. Find out how they both went, how The Spotted Dog Flower Co got its name and how it’s grown into ‘a real business’ since it was first launched in the spring of 2014.

She’ll be sharing details of upcoming workshops and talks and, of course, how you can treat yourself or your friends to beautiful, freshly cut seasonal Flowers From The Farm too…

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world – Christian Dior

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon; if all goes to plan in her kitchen this week, June will be baking Amaretto Almond Biscuits from one of Cathy’s own recipes for everyone to share and Linda’s promised to bring flowers as well.

So all in all the Girls Around Town studio will be even more fragrant than usual next Sunday morning!

Food for thought

bread and cheese

With Melton Mowbray’s Artisan Cheese Fair under a fortnight away and Real Bread Week coming up in May,  what else would the Girls Around Town be talking about next weekend but bread and cheese?!

A match made in heaven some would say, especially with British Sandwich Week taking place next month too – and no doubt guests Matthew O’Callaghan and Rhiannon Abbott would agree…

Matthew will be joining June, Tina and Sue in the first hour of the show with news of the Artisan Cheese Fair, which takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April. Up to 80 cheese makers, some of whom produce the UK’s rarest cheeses, are expected to attend, with a packed programme of talks, tastings and demonstrations on offer from 10am to 4pm each day.

He’ll be sharing the results of this year’s Artisan Cheese Awards, together with details of what else visitors can expect to see, try and buy – wine, cakes, beer, chutneys and of course Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pie to name just a few!

In the second hour, Rhiannon will be on the line from The Epsom Bakehouse to talk about how she turned a life-long passion for home baking into a business.

Find out what a Bread Angel is, what makes ‘real’ bread so different from the everyday loaves sold in supermarkets and how you can try making your own using the free, easy recipes shared on her website.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday. And in the meantime, here’s a little food for thought – British consumers munch their way through over 11.5 billion sandwiches a year which, if they were laid end to end, would go around the world about 44 times…

Winter warmers

pot on stove

Girls Around Town’s favourite foodie, Lisa Holloway, will be back in the studio next weekend – and, along with some super winter recipes, has she got a lot of news to share since her last visit!

Earlier this year, she was featured cooking in Channel 4’s Journey To The Centre of Your Plate, then shortly afterwards her Channel 5 show To B&B The Best took her all around the country offering help and advice to would-be bed and breakfast proprietors.

More recently Lisa’s added yet another string to her bow, writing for Luxury B&B Magazine – it seems there’s simply no end to her talents…

As well as chatting to June, Tina and Sue about her experiences as a TV presenter, she’ll be sharing the recipes for a special meal that’s proving to be a big hit with guests at Compton House.  Celeriac and potato soup, venison stew and pear and ginger sponge are just some of the dishes on Lisa’s winter warmer menu – and all the recipes will be here on the website after the show.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday for the latest tasty offering from Girls Around Town!