Monthly Archives: December 2017

Midlands Mind Body Spirit Fairs 2018

Some in the literary community look at these events with a mixture of suspicion and derision. They can be a mixed bag. They can  also be events, full of interest, speaker talks, discussions and workshops, and interesting people. They boast … Continue reading

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Midlands Literary and Poetry Festivals 2018

As 2017 draws to a close, so 2018 looms ever larger. The literary and  poetry festival scene goes from strength to strength with established festivals becoming stronger, and new pretenders appearing all the time. What follows is a list of … Continue reading

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Peter Pan – Derby Theatre

***** A few fortunate novelists and playwrights have created fiction which becomes assimilated into our language. Heller’s Catch 22 and Orwell’s 1984 have a life beyond their original creations, and so it is true of Scottish novelist and playwright J. … Continue reading

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The Dreaming – Lichfield Garrick

Most people will be familiar with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a story of woods, faeries, romance and magic.   Some believe that the wood itself was inspired by the nearby real life Forest of Arden in Warwickshire, for the … Continue reading

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The Gingerbread Man – Derby Theatre

The Studio at Derby theatre is best described as bijou. You have to walk across the stage to access your seats. Therein lies its charm, the opportunity for audience and actors to be as one. It is like watching a … Continue reading

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Sir David Tang

As we grow older, so the number of obituaries for people we knew increases. I was sad to learn of the death of Sir David Tang. He was four years older than me, but we were at the same school, … Continue reading

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