Sussi Louise Smith. Seachanger – Wave Weaver. Poetry Collection launch

In addition to December 1st being the date that many of us will be opening the first door on our Advent Calendar, it’s also a key moment in the poetry world, as Ilkley-based poet, artist, writer, helper – and all-round special person, Sussi Louise Smith gifts ‘Seachanger - Wave Weaver’ to the world. Seachanger is … Continue reading Sussi Louise Smith. Seachanger – Wave Weaver. Poetry Collection launch

RHS Harlow Carr: ‘Glow 2021’ Preview evening

One of Yorkshire’s most magical events on the pre-Christmas calendar kicked-off last night, with a special preview evening – and without a doubt – the team behind ‘Glow 2021’ at RHS Harlow Carr, have surpassed themselves this year! Along with Harlow Carr, the eagerly anticipated winter illuminations return once more to RHS Gardens Wisley, Hyde … Continue reading RHS Harlow Carr: ‘Glow 2021’ Preview evening

North Pennines AONB Stargazing Festival 2021

Something very special is on show 365 days a year within the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), but it reaches a crescendo this October and November, with the fifth North Pennines Stargazing Festival. While the beauty and majesty of The Lakes and The Dales is a given, there is something breathtakingly authentic … Continue reading North Pennines AONB Stargazing Festival 2021

Michele Bianco: Artist Profile Watermark Gallery, Harrogate

There are a number of exquisite pieces of work at Watermark that instinctively make you want to reach out and touch – although you probably shouldn’t. Key among them are the natural-world inspired forms of Inverness-based Ceramicist Michele Bianco. In collaboration with fellow artist and friend, Pascale Rentsch, Bianco will take centre stage at the … Continue reading Michele Bianco: Artist Profile Watermark Gallery, Harrogate

Review: hang. Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

I’m embarrassed – but it’s necessary to open with a confession: Prior to my visit to Alphabetti Theatre last night to see the acclaimed ‘hang’ (lack of a capital letter isn’t an error), written by Debbie Tucker Green, I wasn’t aware of this amazing venue, doing superb work, right in the heart of Newcastle upon … Continue reading Review: hang. Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle

Review: Manchester Collective Voice of the Whale. Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

Journalists sometimes get it wrong. In 1849, a chap by the name of Angus Reach wrote in The Morning Chronicle about the Ancoats district of Manchester: “A more perfectly ugly spot you shall not find between sunrise and sunset”. Reach was describing the very epicentre of the Industrial Revolution. While there was muck and misery … Continue reading Review: Manchester Collective Voice of the Whale. Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester

Review: The Freedom Project. Leeds Playhouse

Leeds is a special place. Leeds is a City of Sanctuary. Leeds has a Playhouse that is not only renowned as being a creative beacon for the North, but by its own admission is a ‘Vital Theatre’. As part of the 50-year-old institution’s manifesto, it explains: “Vital theatre is the work writers, actors, directors need … Continue reading Review: The Freedom Project. Leeds Playhouse

Review: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. Northern Stage

Image: Pamela Raith If you’re not already a big fan of ‘The Young’uns’ and their absolutely authentic, primarily acapella folk music, then I’d recommend you add them to your playlist without further delay. Last night in Newcastle – they were magnificent, moving, extremely funny, humble – and I think maybe a little-bit proud that the … Continue reading Review: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff. Northern Stage

Tessa Pearson: Artist profile. Watermark Gallery, Harrogate

Gardening as art - and gardens as inspiration for art. Tessa Pearson appears to exist perfectly, somewhere between these worlds. It’s not actually clear where her studio (in the garden of her Surrey home) ends – and the exquisite planting of the surrounding beds and borders begins. What is abundantly clear, is what Pearson sees … Continue reading Tessa Pearson: Artist profile. Watermark Gallery, Harrogate