Wine and Words returns to Newark Book Festival

With the 2019 Newark Book Festival just days away now, the spotlight’s on one of its opening events during the second hour of this week’s Girls Around Town.

As the three-day Festival weekend gets underway, local poets Fiona Theokritoff and Jane Wyles will be returning to Carriages Café for another of their ever-popular Wine and Words evenings.

They’ll be joining June and Rachel on Sunday morning with news of what’s in store for guests on Friday 12 July– two lively, fun-filled hours featuring poems from their own repertoire and the work of others, a chance to try poetry bingo and get involved in creating an audience poem – and, of course, there will be wine!

Tickets for Festival Wine and Words – which can be purchased from Carriages Café at Newark Castle Station or by calling 01636 676129 – are £10 each, with nibbles and a glass of Bucks Fizz or OJ on arrival included in the price. Further drinks can be purchased at the bar and parking for guests is free from 6pm.

Tune in or listen online from 10am to 12 noon when Fiona and Jane will be sharing more details about the evening, which starts at 7pm.

And if you’re wondering just what poetry bingo is, now’s your chance to find out!

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…

Speaking to the soul

I believe painting speaks to the soul like visual poetry, giving hope and joy and inspiration

More and more these days, people are searching for antidotes to the frenetic pace of modern life. There’s a huge growth area in finding ways to reconnect, to carve out some peaceful time……yoga, meditation, mindfulness.

Whether looking at it or making it, art is the epitome of mindfulness and no one knows this better than next weekend’s guest on Girls Around Town

A local artist who makes joyous, colourful and expressive oil paintings, Liz Goulding will be joining Rosalyn and June in the studio to talk about her work which, in addition to exhibiting her paintings, includes making bespoke items for interiors and teaching workshops and art classes.

Liz will be sharing the story of how she arrived at doing what she loves and living her authentic life. She’ll have news too of some exciting upcoming projects such as Art Journalling For The Soul, a Painting and Yoga workshop and her next exhibition, a collection of new work called Serenity.

You can see more of her work on her website – then tune in from 10am to 12 noon next Sunday or listen online  to meet Liz and learn how she’s inspired by the light, colour and texture in the world around her.