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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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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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I have some more insider information about Jane Austen and the Waterman. You will have heard the news about the piano and the ballroom (and Professor Plum?) but there is something else. Those of you who have viewed the event page for our premiering play will know that it is about a fictional meeting between...
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“When I first started, back in the old days the older men that didn’t think that women should be here. … There were not many women there at the time. It was a bit scary to start with, but you sort have got to be a little bit mouthy as well. … The first two...
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There is a particular treat to be had for those attending the matinee performances of Jane Austen and the Waterman on 22nd October – the backing music, performed live, will be played on an old piano. But not just any old piano. In channelling Marks and Spencer, we must add that this is a Square...
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“…you are going to die, but that is what you came to do.” So said the reverend Isaac Wauchope Dyobha on deck as the SS Mendi sunk off the coast of the Isle of Wight. The SS Mendi was chartered in WWI to carry black South African men to France as support for the war...
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The Ted Hughes Award shortlists. Forward Prize commendations. Wire Magazine. BBC Radio 3. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is Hannah Silva. The award-winning poet, playwright, and performer will be joining the SO: To Speak festival for 2 fantastic events: a performance of her incredibly successful one-woman show, Schlock!, and a workshop in the art of...
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