Festival Fortnight comes to Newark and Sherwood

Open Studios Notts is back and, in just a couple of weeks’ time, Festival Fortnight will be taking place across the county.

From Saturday 11 to Sunday 26 June, over 100 local artists in around 50 different venues will be welcoming visitors into their studios, homes and gardens to share their work and their process. 

Here in Newark and Sherwood, you can visit artists in Newark, Southwell, Upton, Lowdham, Collingham and North Clifton

And a little further afield at Thoresby Park, five resident makers are joined by an additional eight artists and craftspeople to create the Shine Festival of Fine Art and Craft which features ceramics, fine art, jewellery making, land art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile crafts and more.

Open from Wednesday to Sunday during the two weeks of Festival Fortnight, there will be talks, demonstrations and workshops to enjoy over at Thoresby Park.

Copies of the OS Notts brochure are currently available in libraries across the county and you’ll find full details of all the artists and events taking place in and around Newark here, with a full list for Nottinghamshire here

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Sometimes only a poem will do…

Two very different interviews on Sunday’s show – this is what’s coming first…

Here is balm for the soul, fire for the belly, an arm around the lonely shoulder… a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss – Stephen Fry

In the years since he originally had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart CBE has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto TV and onto BBC Radio 4, honing his prescriptions all the time.

This weekend he’s bringing it to Newark, talking to the Girls Around Town about his latest anthology, The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul.

William has had a long career in publishing and the arts and is Tina’s former boss. Although their paths have crossed fleetingly since they last worked together in 1997, she’s looking forward to their first proper catch up in 20 years – not just on Sunday’s show but later in the week too, when he’ll be talking about the book and prescribing poems in St Mary’s Church in Lowdham on Wednesday 22 November.

Tune in or listen online from 10am on Sunday to hear William and Tina in conversation – to find out more about the Poetry Pharmacy event at Lowdham or book tickets, call The Bookcase on 0115 966 4143.

Cakes, bakes and books

scone with the windCould there possibly be anything more enticing than an afternoon dedicated to cake?

June, Tina and Sue certainly don’t think so which is why they’re planning a trip to Lowdham on Sunday 18 October!

From 2pm till 5pm, two special events in the Village Hall combine to make up An Afternoon of Cake – and it goes without saying that there’ll be tea and homemade cakes on sale throughout…

The entertainment begins with Cook ‘n’ Book between 2pm and 3pm. Join the ever-popular duo Jackie Skinner and Julia Pirie for literary-inspired demonstrations and readings from the delightfully entertaining recipe book Scone With The Wind.

The book is packed with recipes for fun, edible versions of favourite classics such as To Kill A BattenbergMiddlemarshmallows and Captain Corelli’s Madeleines, complete with witty introductions and amusing illustrations. Breakfast at Tiffins anyone?!

frances quinnThen, if like the Girls Around Town you’re a fan of The Great British Bake Off, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet 2013 winner Frances Quinn.

She wowed the judges with her imaginative showstoppers and extraordinary baking skills to take the trophy.

Published just a few weeks ago, her first book, Quintessential Baking, is a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen.

Frances will be in the Village Hall from 4pm to 5pm, sharing stories from her baking life as part of this special afternoon.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £5 (£4 for concessions, £3 for Festival Friends) for Cook ‘n’ Book or £6 (£5 for concessions, £4 for Festival Friends) for the chance to meet Frances Quinn.

For more details and bookings for both events, call 0115 966 3219.