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REVIEW: LitFest audience entranced by opening night's poetry & dance performance by Kayo Chingonyi & Sean Graham

Kayo Chingonyi, with dancer Sean Graham performing at The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College on Thursday evening.   Pic:  Ben PhillipsKayo Chingonyi, with dancer Sean Graham performing at The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College on Thursday evening. Pic: Ben Phillips

I was in Waitrose the other day taking advantage – yet again – of their delicious sushi samples.  They are so carefully crafted, made according to accepted conventions, with combinations of colours and subtle flavours that may be challenging.  Rather like poetry in many ways. Sushi is not to everyone’s taste - again like poetry, or like improvised dance …  But how about poetry AND dance together?!

 

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LitFest 2017 launches to a packed Town Hall

Chair Jan Williamson declaring LitFest 2017 openChair Jan Williamson declaring LitFest 2017 open

The Town Hall opened its doors tonight (Friday 29 September) to the eighth annual Marlborough LitFest, for a packed party in the Assembly Room to officially launch the Festival ahead of its headline speaker, Will Self. 

 

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Sensational Flash Mob Dance Launches Marlborough’s 2017 Litfest

The scene of the FlashMob from the Town Hall balconyThe scene of the FlashMob from the Town Hall balcony

Marlborough’s eighth LitFest launched with a dramatic Flash Mob Dance outside the Town Hall.  At 11 am on Thursday September 28, mysterious creatures with whiskers, furry tails, claws and scary faces began to appear in the High Street.  Over 270 local primary schoolchildren, dressed as wild things from the book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak danced to Dangerous by David Garrett.

 

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Ben Cipolla: Busking the High Street to the Royal Albert Hall

Ben Cipolla at last year's Marlborough International Jazz FestivalBen Cipolla at last year's Marlborough International Jazz Festival

Jazz megastar, Clare Teal, is a great discoverer of new talent.

After all, she discovered Jamie Cullum. Just five years ago, she was walking down Marlborough High Street on the way to her gig in the big marquee at the International Jazz Festival when she saw a young lad busking a Michael Jackson song.

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Is Wiltshire Council helping with Marlborough's traffic and parking problems?

 

Another morning on Herd Street...Another morning on Herd Street...We often hear from Wiltshire Council how much their grant from central government has been reduced - which explains their cuts to services like Sure Start, Social Services, the Youth Service and the delays in repairing some of the area's third world roads.  They do not shout too much about additional grants they receive...from central government.

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