Making the most of International Craft Month

Not just a day – not even just a week – but a whole month dedicated to crafting…

International Craft Month is just around the corner and who better to talk about some of the workshops on offer locally than Rural Antics‘ Amanda Stone?

She’ll be back in the studio in the first hour of next weekend’s show to tell June and Claire about how Hanwell Wine Estate will be celebrating throughout March with a host of different activities on offer.

If you heard Amanda chatting to the Girls Around Town back in November, you may remember that making chocolate truffles was one of the workshops on the calendar for Christmas. The good news is that it’s on the programme for March too – on Friday 27 March to be precise if you want to book your place before they’re all gobbled up!

Not that into chocolate? Presumably there are a few folk out there who aren’t but, with everything from Bentwood Chair Making and Beginners’ Embroidery to Pencil Drawing and Willow Weaving on the menu during the month, there’s sure to be something there you’d like to try.

Whether you want to polish up an existing skill or give something new a go, tune in to 107.8FM or listen online from 10am next Sunday to check out the full programme of events and join crafters across the globe making the most of March…

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!

A comic twist on the battle of the sexes

It’s just over 18 months since Graham Keal first joined the Girls Around Town to share some of the highlights of his own take on those ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus‘ moments…

A popular speaker at WI meetings, ladies’ luncheon clubs and other gatherings across the country, Graham had just launched his latest talk, 50 Shades of Graham, which he described at the time as a bit more risqué than his others but nothing to frighten the easily shocked.

“I’d already amassed a lot of material on how so much of the humour to be found on the web revolves around the battle of the sexes,” he told listeners back in November 2016. “Now I’ve just adapted that material, adding some musings and observations on what has made both the Fifty Shades books and the film so huge, despite all the critical brickbats flung at them.”

With EL James’s latest novel, The Mister, hitting book shops a few weeks ago – to a flurry of reviews describing it as ‘excruciating’ and ‘fifty shades of awful’ – and Graham’s next appearance coming up in Newark soon, he’s back on the show to report on how those musings have gone down with audiences so far.

And to give June a taste of what’s in store at Carriages Café later this month…

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon next Sunday when Graham joins June in the studio.

In the meantime, there’s still time to get tickets, priced £10 each including welcome drink, for the talk starting at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday 24 May – pop into Carriages, call 01636 676129 or head over to Facebook here for more details and bookings.

A very funny look at the current battle of the sexes. Highly recommended – Sally Bowden, WI speaker finder