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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a large audience in possession of the wonderful ballroom at The Dolphin Hotel, must be in want of an hour’s entertainment… preferably something to do with Jane Austen and Southampton. On Sunday 22nd October, we gathered in the large room our celebrated Regency era author danced in as...
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It is a dark, if not stormy, evening as I arrive at the Art House for The Travelling Talesman’s new show, Haunted! Having already seen two of his shows – Nectar of the Gods and Changed! – I know I am in for a real treat: an evening of mesmerising, mythological tales, delivered by Cliff...
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I can almost see it: “A pineapple?” Lady Catherine de Burgh crinkled her nose. You would think, wouldn’t you, that the formidable woman would likely be offended by anything less than proper and wholly English. But actually, the pineapple was a rare luxury in Regency England. This and much more we learned at Cobbett Road...
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Festival organiser Charlie Hislop coined the phrase ‘the cream of Southampton’s spoken word scene’ for yesterday’s Southampton Showboat; it’s a great line. But as it turned out, this spoken word night was about more than the cream, it was the sprinkles and Malteasers on the top, finished off with a perfect Flake like the best...
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If rain is a good omen, then the rain yesterday evening was superb. We met upstairs in the library, a room just beyond the literature section – a suitable place for an author conversation if ever there was one. We were a fair sized group and as everyone settled into their seats, Allison Kirby of...
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A night where the modern evening collides with the ancient day, creating a spectacular infusion of theatrical styles. Here’s the thing: I was set to review Antigone, but all performances were sold out. So sold out, in fact, that the theatre were selling the ushers’ seats. It’s been such a popular production that a review...
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The Touch Network provides a forum for people to talk about the experiences and issues they’ve dealt with and to inspire others. One of this month’s guests, Stacey Heale, is a carer, mother, partner, academic, and campaigner. She is the partner of The Delays’ frontman and artist, Greg Gilbert. Following his diagnosis in November 2016...
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It’s important that the festival helping create new artistic work in the city. Those were the words of festival organiser Charlie Hislop at the VIP reception. On Tuesday, patrons, sponsors, and event hosts gathered together in the Pod of the Solent University Spark Building to celebrate the start of this year’s schedule, the open space...
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As part of this year’s So:To Speak Festival we will be holding two women’s writing workshops, on Thursday 19th October and Saturday 21st October. So: Write Women has been running since January 2017 and the ethos of the group is to provide a safe, supportive space for women to express themselves and create new writing....
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You arrive in Britain seeking asylum. You’re standing outside Heathrow. Where now? There’s as National Express headed to Swansea via Cardiff, and you knew a man who had been there once, so you get on. That was the moment in 1999 that shaped the life in Britain of Eric Ngalle Charles, author, poet, playwright, cultural...
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