Summer fun – and shopping! – in Newark

School’s out, it’s time for some fun – and there’ll be plenty to choose from in Newark this summer…

Louise Clark joins June on the show this weekend to talk about upcoming events in the town. And top of the list is the new Summer Dusk Market taking place between 5pm and 9pm on Wednesday 31 July.

Browse among the 30-plus stalls in the historic Market Place, enjoy the entertainment and take advantage of the opportunity to pop into a few of more than 20 of the town’s independent shops staying open till late for the occasion.

With face painters, jugglers, Punch and Judy and a colouring competition, there’s lots for the kids to enjoy while you explore the foodie quarter or buy gifts and treats as the sun sets over the stalls.

Tune in or listen online from 10am when Louise will have more details of what’s on offer during the evening, as well as information about some of the other events and activities to look forward to over the coming months.

Written from the heart

Up and coming musician and poet Michaela Woods joins the Girls Around Town this weekend with a sneak preview of her debut album and second poetry book, both due to be released later this year.

Newark-based Michaela – who performs as Wilted Flower – will be at Stray’s Coffee Shop on Saturday 21 September, when she’ll be playing the new album in full and doing a selection of readings from the book, Grow in the Dark.

Her melodic, stripped-back performances reflect on experiences in her life to create honest and raw songs about mental health issues, loss and love which she likens to those of Keaton Henson and Daughter.

The new book follows on from her first collection of poems, No Longer A Wordless Book, published in October 2017 and described by one reviewer as ‘a truly emotional collection of poems written from the heart’.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday when Michaela will be talking to June and Rosalyn about the inspiration behind her music and poetry which she says are ‘a look inside my heart and head’.

And sharing one of the tracks from her album with everyone…

Spreading a little happiness with a song!

We all feel a little bit better when we sing, don’t we? A favourite track starts playing out on the radio and suddenly we’re joining in – and often dancing around too!

Chances are some of you will be doing just that listening to Girls Around Town this weekend, especially after you’ve heard what Kari Olsen-Porthouse has to say about singing, not just at home or in a choir but at work as well…

Kari joins June and Rosalyn to describe how she goes about spreading a little joy and wellbeing through group singing.

And how bringing it into the workplace can help create better working relationships and give staff the chance to mix in a different environment.

“I believe we all feel better when we sing but this is amplified massively when we do it together,” says Kari. “As well as running a number of choirs and ensembles, I’m passionate about bringing singing into the workplace. It’s great for morale, for building confidence and, above all, bringing a little laughter into the working day.”

Teaching in a no-nonsense way, she sings songs from across the decades – her singers don’t need any previous experience or the ability to read music, everything she teaches is by ear. When she’s not teaching, Kari blogs regularly through her website and sometimes even finds time to do a bit of singing for herself.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear what she has to say about her mission to spread a little happiness through song. And feel free to sing along to your favourites from this week’s playlist – no doubt Kari, June and Ros will be doing so in the studio!

Photo by Ursula Kelly Photography