Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Southwell Poetry Festival, July 14-17

Southwell Library Poetry Festival 14th - 17th July 2016

Southwell Library Poetry festival, one of the key events in Nottinghamshire’s cultural calendar, returns for its ninth consecutive year with another wide range of events.
Nationally-acclaimed poets such as Lemn Sissay brings his performance on Friday, Forward Prize-winning poet Daljit Nagra will appear on Saturday night, and Sunday’s Afternoon Tea is hosted by the Kate Fox.
Saturday kicks off with Roald Dahl-themed fun for children, while workshops and talks run throughout the weekend, including the chance to discover poetry penned by local soldiers from Nottinghamshire Archive’s own collections, heard in public for the very first time.
For writers, there’s a drop-in poetry surgery with Writing School East Midlands, plus a performance workshop with the inspirational Kevin Fegan. An Afternoon with the Small Press is set to provide a fascinating insight into the work of our local small presses for writers and readers alike.
A community performance by Southwell Theatre Club will bring the festival to a close.
Here’s a list of events.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Ray Gosling's Archive, July 21st

Ray Gosling: His Life, Legacy and Archive

Ray Gosling: His Life, Legacy and Archive.
free to attend event at The National Videogame Arcade - 24-32 Carlton Street - NG1 1NN.
Tickets from EventBrite.
Ray Gosling (1939-2013) was a journalist and broadcaster, known for his man-of-the-people style. More at home reporting from the streets than from a studio, he had – excuse the oxymoron - a uniquely ordinary voice, one that played as well on the pages as it did on the airwaves.


Ray was also a hoarder. His archives, once destined for a rubbish dump, have been salvaged and now reside in the Mary Ann Evans building at Nottingham Trent University. On July 21 our National Video Game Arcade is hosting an evening to celebrate Ray's extensive collection of documents, letters, films, magazines and notebooks. 

Ray, who "came to Nottingham because I was running away from Leicester", presented more than 100 television documentaries and many more radio programmes. He once worked as a youth worker in St Ann's and was a force in the local residents' association, fighting the council's plans to bulldoze the largest slum in England. "Gosling rightly realised," wrote Alan Sillitoe, "that the whole district had a life and homogeneity that could never be replaced." Sillitoe reported that Gosling was a catalyst for the locals opposing the worst proposals.
An activist, many would say anarchist, Ray had a genuine interest in people and their plights. During the 60s and 70s he hosted Granada TV's On Site programme. Years later, he was a regular guest presenter on BBC East Midlands, Inside Out, reporting about the local streets and interviewing local people. In his final documentaries he discussed some of his own personal struggles.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Books in the Castle

Books in the Castle, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th JULY


Crime Scene Saturday

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All Day Tickets £25
10.15 am - ‘If It Bleeds, It Leads’ talk by Duncan  Campbell - A freelance journalist who worked  for the Guardian for more than 20 years as a  crime correspondent. The author of seven books. Tickets £6, £5

11.30am  - Talk by Mike Pannett - He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988 where he became one of the youngest officers to be given his own patch, and served on the Divisional Crime Squad, Murder Squad  and TSg (Riot Police). Tickets £6, £5, £3
1pm - 'Murder She Wrote' crime fiction talk with  female authors Sarah Ward and Rebecca Bailey  hosted by crime writer Nick Quantrill. Tickets £7, £6

2.30 pm - 999:CSI Talk given by Larry Henderson a  pioneering Crime Scene Investigator. Among his  cases was Lord Lucan’s murder scene, the Brinks  Mat robbery, and the Marchioness disaster, some  of the Murder exhibits in the London Crime Museum (Black Museum) came through his  personal experiences. Tickets £6, £5, £3
4pm - 'Murder He Wrote' crime fiction talk with  bestselling male authors MJ Fowler and Mr  Stephen Booth hosted once again by crime writer Nick Quantrill.  Michael Fowler served as a police officer for 32 years, both in uniform and in plain clothes, working in CID, Vice Squad, and Drug Squad. He retired in 2006, in the rank of Inspector. He writes the DS Hunter Kerr series of fictional novels. Stephen Booth is one the UKs top selling crime novelists, creator of the bestselling Cooper & Fry crime fiction mystery series, set in England's Peak District. Tickets £9, £8

5.30pm - Life In Death - Former DI Richard Venables worked on 30 murder cases and played a key role  in the hunt for a serial killer. Following  Hillsborough became a disaster specialist within  the police force, he will be revealing his first  hand insider knowledge on some of Britain’s most recent tragedies including the Morecambe Bay  cockle pickers, rail disasters, the 7/7 London  terror bombings and the aftermath of the 2004  Boxing Day Tsunami. Tickets £6, £5, £3
7.00PM - Jack the Ripper Talk – Crime Scene Saturday day will be capped off  by a  talk from leading crime writer and Jack the Ripper author, Mei Trow, in the atmospheric Castle Undercroft where he will be revealing his theories on  the famous unsolved mystery including his prime suspect. Tickets £6, £5

Annie Murray; SHE was born in Berkshire and read English at St John's College, Oxford. Her first  'Birmingham' novel, Birmingham Rose, hit The Times bestseller list when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels, including The Bells of Bournville Green,  sequel to the bestselling Chocolate Girls, and A  Hopscotch Summer. Annie will be appearing both at the Castle where she will be signing her books and from 14.30 she  will giving a talk at The Secret Garden Cafe.  Entrance is free to attend for all (donations welcomed for the local breast cancer support group). So buy yourself a nice cup of tea and a cream cake and enjoy listening to one of the UK's most popular authors.

SATURDAY Children’s Events
Gareth Baker - A local children’s author who will be storytelling and signing his books. As well as writing, he has provided story-telling sessions for Nottingham City Council at the home of Lord Byron, Newstead Abbey, and at Wollaton Hall and is a member of the board of  Nottingham Writer's Studio.

Brian Porter - Undoubtedly one of the stars of  last year’s book festival Brian spent that weekend  both selling books from his Molly Perkins series but also helping many delighted children make  plastercine items and figurines including humans, goblins, monsters,  flowers, etc
Ian C. Douglas. He will be putting on a show for children during his visit. He is the author of the Zeke Hailey books, scifi novels for children. Ian is also a history author and visits schools with bloodcurdling tales of the past.

Local artist Kerry O'Brien will be appearing for two hours she has lots of ideas for pirate themed crafts – making hats, telescopes, parrots etc.
Sunday 10th July Talks

11.30am  ‘Born Survivor Talk by Eva Clarke - One of only three Jewish babies known to have been born in and then survived a Nazi death camp. Her story  featured in the bestselling book 'Born Survivors'  by Wendy Holden. For over 15 years, in schools, colleges and even  prisons, Eva’s talks about her parents love for  each other, their struggle to survive and the  story of her birth have held audiences mesmerized and appalled in  equal measure. Tickets £7, £6, £3.50

1pm Bad King John/Good King John Historical  Debate with leading King John authors Stephen  Church and Marc Morris. Tickets £8, £7, £4

3pm Talk by famous international speaker Eva  Schloss MBE, stepsister to Anne Frank, teenage  Auschwitz survivor and bestselling author. Eva was a neighbour and school friend of Anne  Frank. During the war like the Frank family, Eva  and her family also went into hiding from the  Nazis but were eventually betrayed, captured by  the Gestapo and sent to concentration camps.  Having survived the selection process upon  arrival at Auschwitz her father and brother  later died in captivity and only her mother and  herself survived. After the war ended they returned to Amsterdam and her mother later   remarried Otto Frank. Eva had a unique view on  the publication of one of the world’s biggest selling books 'The Diary of Anne Frank'. Last year 87 year old Eva delivered a sell-out talk at Newark Book  Festival. Tickets £9, £8, £4.50   

3pm Castle Free Talk by Ian Ross (Historical Fiction Author) in Castle Undercroft. Ian Ross is the author of the Twilight of Empire  series, a sequence of historical novels set in the  early 4th century AD, the era of the Roman  emperor Constantine. His first novel, War at the Edge of the World, was published in the UK by Head of Zeus in January 2015. The third instalment, Battle for Rome, was published in January 2016 to great acclaim. Ian has been researching and writing about the later roman world and its army for over a decade.

Children’s Events Sunday 10th July
Lia Ginno author of many children’s books will be storytelling

WILF Morgan will be reading from his ‘Arthur Ness’ books featuring  magic and excitement
Josephine Feeney- McKay who will be present on the Sunday, both in the Castle and as one of our pirate storytelling shipmates. She has been previously shortlisted for The Daily Telegraph Children's Book of the Year.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Gedling Borough Arts Festival, Day Three, July 16th

Gedling Borough Arts Festival 2016 - July 14th-16th

Arnold Methodist Church/Central Arnold, NG5 7EL


Saturday (Day Three):  16th July, 10am-5pm

10.00am  Open

Guests at various times during the day will be Spiderman and Rapunzel, younger children’s roundabout, face painting. 

10.30am-all day: Gedling Play Forum
11am-12noon: Ian Douglas and ‘Countdown to Mars’. 

12.15pm-1pm: ‘Feel the Force’ - Create your Star Wars Character - With Gareth Baker. 
1.30pm-2pm: Magical William the Wizard. 

2pm-3pm: Stuart Hill’s Viking Stories for older children.
2.30pm-3pm: More from Magical William the Wizard. 

3.15pm-3.45pm: Taylor Swift Tribute.
5.00pm    Close

Free admission to the Festival.  Stalls, artists at work, crafts, artwork and books for sale, refreshments, raffle for the Mayor of Gedling’s chosen charity.  Talks, workshops. 

Gedling Borough Arts Festival, Day Two, July 15th


Gedling Borough Arts Festival 2016 - July 14th-16th

Arnold Methodist Church/Central Arnold, NG5 7EL


Friday (Day Two):  15th July, 10am-9pm

10.45am-12noon: ‘Art of the Creator’ service. 
1pm-2.30pm: Music, dance and drama from students of Redhill Academy and guests – Robert Mellors Primary School with Joy James.  

1pm-2pm: ‘When Sorrows Come’ Maria Dziedzan talks about her debut novel focussing on the adversity suffered by her heroine in Ukraine during World War II. 
2.15pm-3.15pm: Writing Crime stories and Research with best-selling crime author STEPHEN BOOTH.  

3.30pm-5pm: Sewing Craft Demonstration with Liz Wibberley of Handsewn.  
7pm-8.30pm: ‘A Cartoon History of Here’ presented by broadcaster and comedian, Ian McMillan (The Bard of Barnsley), and Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband.  Tickets for this performance on sale from the Bonington Theatre, Arnold just £5.00 each, or via Julie Malone, email .

9.00pm   close
Free admission to the Festival.  Stalls, artists at work, crafts, artwork and books for sale, refreshments, raffle for the Mayor of Gedling’s chosen charity.  Talks, workshops. 

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Gedling Borough Arts Festival, Day One, July 14th

Gedling Borough Arts Festival 2016 - July 14th-16th

Arnold Methodist Church/Central Arnold, NG5 7EL


Thursday (Day One):  14th July, 1pm-9.30pm

1.00pm  Festival Opening by the Mayor of Gedling Borough

Free Events:

1.15pm-2.30pm: ‘Drum and Samba Performance’ by students of Redhill Academy with guests - Killisick Primary School. 
2.30pm-5pm: ‘Art Workshop’ – presented by Patchings Arts Centre Artist in Residence, Tas Severis. 

3.30pm-4.30pm: ‘The Origins of Language’ – presented by Dr Nick Thom. 

6pm-7.30pm: ‘X Factor in the Church’ – Talent Show. 

8pm-9.30pm: ‘Poetry of the Proletariat’, Performance poetry with Garry Eagling, Miggy Angel, Dwane Meads, Rachel Joy, Frank MacMahon and Martin Grey.

Free admission to the Festival.  Stalls, artists at work, crafts, artwork and books for sale, refreshments, raffle for the Mayor of Gedling’s chosen charity.  Talks, workshops.