Gordon Haskell’s six-decade music career includes a ‘Top of the Pops’ appearance. Few Shaftesbury residents can claim that. Gordon tells Alfred’s Keri Jones that he hated the fame and didn’t find his fortune but feels richer from the experience of recording his new album.
In October, locals filled Berwick St John’s church to hear what sounded like a radio play starring one-third of villagers. The ‘soundscape’ recounted the village’s rich history. ThisIsAlfred discovered that the project leader’s story is as fascinating as Berwick’s.
If you walked into Copenhagen’s equivalent of Waterstones, you’d quickly spot three books about North Dorset. Authors Hanne Tang Christensen and Liv Bentsen have delighted Danish readers with stories of Shaftesbury life. Alfred’s Keri Jones met ‘The Danish Ladies’ at their home in our town.
A free outdoor daytime music and performance festival will be held in St James Park as part of next year’s Shaftesbury Fringe. It is hoped the event on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July will boost attendance of England’s third largest fringe.
An experienced Shaftesbury-based musician is hoping to encourage fresh talent with his new, regular acoustic nights. Paul Maryon told ThisIsAlfred that he has chosen a venue offering a supportive environment for fledgling performers who are finding their feet.
The first authors have confirmed attendance at Shaftesbury’s first Literary Festival next year. Organisers have chosen a name and date for the nature-writing themed weekend event. Now they’re keen to find funders.
You’ll be guaranteed laughs when Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Bedroom Farce’ is performed by the ‘Close To The Mark’ theatre company in three Shaftesbury area venues this month. The group was formed in tribute to popular East Knoyle actor Mark Boyden, who died in March.
Strawbridge has won a prestigious award for her narration of the audiobook to accompany ‘Dancing With Bees’. And the French Mill Lane author is writing e a second title following a successful book tour, which included a Cheltenham Literature Festival appearance.
Zara McQueen is one of Shaftesbury’s most-loved artists. Ahead of her latest exhibition, Alfred heads to her ‘shed’ in St James, where Zara explains how her recent experience with cancer has changed her work. Zara also tells Keri Jones why being Jewish is important to her and how her passion for Shaftesbury inspires her art.
Shaftesbury area band ‘Sorry About Shaun’ kick off their autumn tour in Motcombe on Saturday. Their Coppleridge Inn gig coincides with the release of their third EP, ‘Summer’.