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A date for the diary

Felixstowe Book Festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar and returns for another exciting programme of events from Wednesday 27th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 inclusive.

As well as a full programme of fiction, non-fiction events (covering politics, history, art and the hippy trail), workshops and discussions, there are screenings of the film Life on the Deben and an evening of Brazilian music.

The festival will be popping-up in some exciting new venues including beach huts, a container or ‘sea can’, the local Museum at Landguard Fort and the Seafront Gardens.

Authors making welcome return visits include Esther Freud and Louis De Bernières.  Other festival highlights include Timothy Bentinck (‘David Archer’), Mark Billingham, Sir Vince Cable, Horatio Clare, Call the Midwife star Stephen McGann, Blake Morrison, Dame Jenni Murray(pictured above), Juliet Nicolson, Simon Scarrow, Christopher Matthew and the actor Michael Pennington.

And be sure to check out the great selection of events for children and teens!

Have a look at all the events and activities – visit the website and book early to avoid disappointment:

http://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/

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Ilkley Literature Festival

Words in the city

On behalf of the above;

Tickets are now on sale for Words in the City, our popular weekend festival of poetry and spoken word, taking place in the centre of Leeds from 10 – 13 May.

Highlights include: reggae poet and social activist Linton Kwesi Johnson; a new show from multi-award-winning Luke Wright that takes a step back in time to indie clubs of the 1980s; Mind the Gap’s Alan ‘Cool’ Clay and Testament explore what it’s like to be treated like trash and how you find your way out of the junk; and Kate Fox and Jackie Hagan take a look at Working Class voices in poetry. Plus there will be an intimate event with the University of Leeds’ new Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage.

Festival Director, Rachel Feldberg says: “We are very excited to be able to stage Words in the City, our celebration of poetry and spoken word in Leeds for the first time. Along with a packed weekend of free events for families we have a headline performance from the legendary Linton Kwesi Johnson and lots of opportunities to discover the best new poets and performers on the UK’s vibrant spoken word scene.”

Click here to view the full programme and book tickets.

 

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A day of darkness

22nd. March 1832 and one of the greatest thinkers of the age dies at the age of 82. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe , whose last words are reputed to be, “More light.” A poet, novelist and philosopher he was probably most famous for his work, “Faust,” written in two parts the second of which being completed in the year of  his death and published posthumously.

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The detective story is born

I have been reminde that on this day  in 1841 was published what some have called the first modern detective story . A short story entitled, “The murders in the Rue Morgue,”  by Edgar Allan Poe, the literary critc and poet, appeared in Graham’s magazine in which the author tested the detective power of his readers. The aim was for them to establish the identity of the villain before the reveal. Thus was established a new genre which continues to increase in popularity, providing readers and writers with many now well known and favourite characters who have become household names through the printed page and more latterly via television and film.

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Call for submissions. Scribe Base has several interesting themes coming up for the next issues in poetry prose and artwork

Structures & Landscapes
This special-themed issue will consider poetry, reflective essays, stories, artwork, etc. that investigate the concepts of structures and landscapes whether real (e.g., a picture of a mountainside) or abstract (e.g., a portrayal of a structure collapsing). Some topics we’ll consider would include the structure of society or of social interaction; apparent structure of an unfamiliar culture (think of a time in which you visited another country). Elements of architecture, anthropology, etc. may be incorporated.

Deadline for submissions: April 30th, 2018.

Feel free to query us with a topic: sbsubmit475@gmail.com

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Off to the Highlands for Hogmanay

So we boarded the Northern train
in howling winds and stinging rain.
The guard, with duties now performed
gives one last cry of all aboard.
Green flag raised, his whistle blows,
checks the carriage doors all closed.

Whilst stowing cases overhead
released our snorting fiery steed
With metal and mesh racks overflowing
four bare round lamps, all gently glowing.
As we settle back on the velour seating
Our ankles warmed by piped steam heating.

So leaving the station far behind
we catch the rhythm of the lines.
Windows sealed against the chill
the rhythmic, rocking motion will
enfold us in it’s gentle arms
as we succumb to it’s lazy charms

After eight long hours the race is run
to our right the rising sun
our destination close ahead
reluctantly our journey’s end.
So sadly we depart the Northern train
Counting the days till we ride it again

 

 

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S C Vincent Thursday photo prompt – Eye

Eye of Horus.JPG

See

here

the Eye

of Horus

healer, protector

son of Isis and Osiris

by the wearing of me may you live long and prosper

 

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Sue Vincent’s #Writephoto, Change of Season

A

shaft

of light

illuminates one tree

and silhouettes in stark relief

the ravages of Autumn’s dessicating wind and warmth

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You’ll Never Be A Good Writer If You…

Source: You’ll Never Be A Good Writer If You…

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Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun Spirit and Joy

haiku

May the Holy Spirit

bring you joy everlasting

by the Grace of God

tanka

Typically British, don’t you know

A cricket fan’s joy

lies in seeing the two teams

playing by the rules.

As players we should always

keep the Spirit of the game.

Haibun

The Queen, God bless her

A toast to bring joy to all

of British spirit

On the occasion of the announcement of a major Royal event, such as engagement to marriage, the birth of a child or significant Royal birthday it was customary for a signal  to be transmitted to all serving members of the British Armed Forces wherever they were, be it on ships or on land in all corners of the world. The signal was generated and was usually personal from Her Majesty The Queen inviting all to join with her in celebration. The instruction would be given to, “Splice the mainbrace!” All were then entitled to draw a free drink which had to be consumed immediately and generally accompanied by the toast as described above. In a true spirit of cameraderie, great joy was felt by all at her generosity.

 

 

 

 

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