After thirteen years supplying fancy dress and theatrical costumes, Glad Rags owner Jan Klakus is closing her Semley shop. She joined ThisIsAlfred.com’s Keri Jones to share her memorable moments, stories of popular costumes and the outfit nobody wanted.
Since 2018, singing group Belle Street has been delighting audiences with their vocal harmonies. The trio made the bold decision to write and stage a musical about their own lives for Shaftesbury Fringe. That show struck a chord with many fans who are also trying to juggle day-to-day chores with ambitions.
Fans of Thomas Hardy should head to Donhead St Mary next month for a weekend celebration of one of England’s greatest writers and poets. A film, fiddle-playing, food and drink, and insight into the author’s life and literature are on the programme.
Karen Cole is arguably Shaftesbury’s best-read resident. A primary school teaching assistant by day, Karen fills her spare moments with a novel in her hands. She’s developed a following as an online book reviewer, fairly critiquing the latest crime releases.
Next month, million-selling author Mark Dawson will encourage Shaftesbury’s would-be novelists to make money by self-publishing their work.
A new book about Alfred The Great highlights how important Shaftesbury was to the most famous Anglo-Saxon king. On a visit to our town, author Dr Paul Kelly offered his theories about the founding of our abbey and revealed a little-known local Alfred connection.
If you would like to learn more about the world’s great artists and understand why their works are so significant, a series of one-day courses at Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Museum might interest you.
The acting talent of Shaftesbury area youngsters has been recognised with impressive exam results. All sixteen students enrolled on a new LAMDA course at Wincombe Business Park-based TLW Dance Academy gained a distinction in their solo acting assessments.
The Arts Centre Gallery has an unusual exhibition of artwork this week. Alfred meets the Shaftesbury artist who specialises in painting aircraft. Read More