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Arts & Entertainment

David White exhibition in London - Osborne Studio Gallery

Avebury photographer David White will be exhibiting at the Osborne Studio Gallery in London between Tuesday 17 September and Thursday 3 October.   As reported earlier on marlborough.news a solo show featuring forty of David's images on four themes:  Marlborough Downs, Africa, Nepal, and wildlife throughout the world.

 

The Osborne Studio Gallery is at 2 Motcomb St, Belgravia, London, SW1X 8JU and entry will be free.  There are more details on the Gallery's website.

 

Click on any of the four buttons below to visit the four themed selections of David's beautiful work:

 

Marlborough Downs Gallery

 

Himalaya Gallery

 

Africa Gallery

 

Wildlife Gallery

 

 

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Marlborough Rising Talent: an afternoon performance by young local talent - real talents

Ann Liu Cannon and Rhett OConnorAnn Liu Cannon and Rhett OConnorSaturday (August 10) saw the return of Marlborough Rising Talent at the Town Hall - a free event showcasing the musical ability of various performers from the Marlborough area.  This year the musicians each played a longer set, mostly made up of original songs, an admirable feat considering the ages of those who took part.

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From chocolat to strawberries - the rich world of Joanne Harris' best-selling stories

oanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)oanne Harris (Photo: Kyte Photography)When Joanne Harris first published Chocolat twenty years ago, she never thought that a novel about a chocolate shop and a small French village would achieve worldwide success and acclaim.  A very popular film adaptation and several awards later, Joanne has published the fourth book in the Chocolat series - The Strawberry Thief.

 

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Amy Sackville's vivid story of Velasquez & King Philip IV

 

For me the recent discovery of a lost portrait by Diego Velasquez revived memories of the talk given at last year's Marlborough LitFest by Amy Sackville.

Her novel Painter to the King is a fictional account of the artist's life at the Madrid court of Philip IV.  Amy Sackville gave a brilliant talk and showed how Velasquez continues to play on her imagination.

Painter to the King is a breath-taking book.  It works wonders with words and speech patterns, and it successfully takes you into Diego Velasquez' inspiration and his way of painting - at time almost brush stroke by brush stroke.  It certainly confirms the critics' view that Amy Sackville has extraordinary gifts as writer.

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Marlborough’s LitFest celebrates ten years with a special children’s competition

Gillian Macdonald with some of the entries for the LitFest Children's CompetitionGillian Macdonald with some of the entries for the LitFest Children's CompetitionAs part of the ten-year celebration of the founding of Marlborough’s LitFest, over a thousand local children have entered a special competition.  The first schools to sign up for the competition have also been awarded £200 worth of books to be chosen from the White Horse Bookshop.

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A Victorian 'DUEL': the young aristocrat won the girl & gambled away a fortune as her jilted fiancé sought revenge across England's racecourses

The cover shows the Marquis & Marchioness of Hastings & (smaller photo) Henry Chaplin - is Hastings reading a sporting newspaper?The cover shows the Marquis & Marchioness of Hastings & (smaller photo) Henry Chaplin - is Hastings reading a sporting newspaper?Marlborough is surrounded by top-flight racehorse trainers - it is a carefully regulated business.  In Victorian times it was all very different with scandalous behaviour among some of England's owners, trainers, jockeys and bookies.

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Aldbourne Band Secure Exciting Conducting Team for British Open and National Finals

Lee Skipsey (left) and Ivan Meylemans (right), two internationally acclaimed conductors who will be working with the Aldbourne Band this AutumnLee Skipsey (left) and Ivan Meylemans (right), two internationally acclaimed conductors who will be working with the Aldbourne Band this AutumnTwo experienced and sought-after conductors have agreed to work with the Aldbourne Band and resident conductor Glyn Williams to enhance the band's efforts  at the British Open and National Finals later this year.

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