Wall to wall talent

Twenty of the UK‘s top artists will be joining forces to showcase their work when Meander and Mooch brings a unique new exhibition to Newark next month…

After a private view and launch party on Friday 7 February, The Wall opens to the public at 10am on Saturday 8 February, when visitors will be able to meet some of the artists as they explore what’s on show in the gallery.

One of those whose paintings are featured is the aptly-named Jackie Whall, who together with gallery owner Susi Wright joins the Girls Around Town next weekend to talk about the three-week event and some of the stories behind it.

“Our aim is to take people on a journey through walls in history and music, from the Berlin Wall to Bowie‘s Heroes and Pink Floyd‘s unforgettable film and music The Wall,” says Susi.

“And if you’re a fan of Pink Floyd, there’s another treat in store for you in Newark too, with tribute band Think Floyd performing the music from The Wall at the Palace Theatre on the evening of Friday 7 February.

“No prizes for guessing where we’ll be headed after our own launch party!”

Join June and Rachel on 107.8FM or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday to hear what Susi and Jackie have to say about the exhibition and find out how you can even add your own personal touch to the event.

“We’ll be raising money for Beaumond House Community Hospice and, for a small donation, visitors will be able to write their own message to a loved one on the wall in the gallery window to help support this worthwhile charity,” adds Susi.

A new chapter for Newark Book Festival

Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay

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…

Picture by Newark Advertiser

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…