A new chapter for Newark Book Festival

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Newark Book Festival is back – which means organiser Sara Bullimore is back too, in the studio for next Sunday‘s show…

Showcasing the world of books through an exciting, engaging programme of events for all the family, the festival returns for the third time over the weekend of Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July. This year, visitors will be invited to explore the theme of Home and Away, from travelling around the world and through your imagination to a celebration of all things home and Nottinghamshire.

Avid readers all, the Girls Around Town will be supporting the Festival as usual but they’ll be going the extra mile this year to present the entire show live from the Market Place. Why not pop by to say hello between 10am and 12 noon on the Sunday and maybe even share some of the things you love about books on air?

In the meantime, tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to join June and Sara for NEXT week’s show, when you’ll find out more about some of the things in store this time round.

One thing’s for sure, if you’re as much into books as June, Rachel and Ros are, you’ll want to put the dates in your diary now and get your hands on a Festival brochure as soon as possible so you can start bookmarking the events you’re going to enjoy…

A new chapter begins…

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She’s no stranger to interviews but the boot will be firmly on the other foot for next weekend’s guest when she’ll be the one answering questions instead of asking them.

A journalist with 40 years’ experience, Lucy Millard will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about some of the highlights of her time spent working for the Newark Advertiser.

And about how she’s now put her notebook and pen to one side to take up a new role with what is probably one of the town’s best known and best loved charities, Beaumond House Community Hospice

One of the memories Lucy will be re-living goes right back to her first assignment as a young reporter, when she interviewed the legendary Ken Dodd after one of his equally legendary appearances at the Palace Theatre. As usual, his performance ran over until well past midnight but, ever the gentleman, he was happy to give her all the time she needed to capture her story.

From court cases to council meetings, wedding anniversary celebrations to Royal visits, she’s lost count of the number of events she’s attended and the interviews they’ve involved and has always had a keen interest in helping to promote the work of local charities and volunteers.

So it’s perhaps not surprising that the new job she chose earlier this year gives her the chance to combine the two. She’ll be describing her own role as volunteer co-ordinator for Beaumond House and, with help from Maria Hewitt, the role of its volunteers as well.

Who knows, at this point June may well pass the baton back to Lucy and let her be the one to interview Maria about the 15 years she’s been a volunteer and a member of the hospice fundraising team!

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear Lucy’s stories of days gone by and find out what’s in store for her and her team in the months to come…

A different kind of drama queen

When you call someone a ‘drama queen’, it’s pretty safe to say you’re not usually paying her a compliment.

But use the same two words to describe next week’s Girls Around Town guest and they take on a completely different meaning.

After teaching thousands of youngsters and with several plays and musicals to her name, there’s no doubt that Carolyn Drury is a leading contender for the title of the Drama Queen of Newark, where she’s lived and worked for most of her life.

She’ll be joining June and Rachel in the studio on Sunday morning to talk about a career that has spanned several decades. A career that, even at the age of 74, is far from over…

Tune or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to find out how Carolyn went from training as an actress herself to mentoring aspiring young performers through the NITS programme and what’s in the pipeline now she’s retired from teaching to concentrate on writing for the stage.

“Although I’ve always enjoyed writing, between working and bringing up my family I struggled to find the time,” she says. “But now I feel that this is my time at last.

“And I’ve no concerns about coming up with new ideas for material – my imagination is the only muscle that still works!”