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.

Show and tell

flintham museumThe spotlight will be on two of our local villages in Saturday’s show, when the Girls Around Town take a look at what’s happening out in Flintham and Lowdham this month.

Living in Flintham, Tina’s got the inside track on the new exhibition in its award-winning museum and she’ll be talking to Sue Clayton shortly before it opens to the public at 11am.

Keeping the Home Fires Burning? is a free interactive exhibition about the impact of World War I on the village and its residents. Visitors on Saturday and Sunday – 11am to 4pm both days – will even have chance to decide how well villagers coped during and after the war, with each one given an old penny to use as they cast their vote.

Then the girls will be getting the lowdown on this year’s Lowdham Book Festival from their second guest of the day, Jane Streeter

Now in its 16th year, this popular event celebrates books of every genre, with talks, treasure hunts and music all on the menu between Friday 19 and Sunday 28 June.

For all this and more, join June, Tina and Sue and their guests on 107.8FM or online from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.