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JAZZ; FILM AND BOOK REVIEWS

how on earth can I write about Billie Holiday ? How can anyone ?
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SONGS FOR REAL WOMEN

I recognise, of course, that some names are of such the perfect length and so much the right cadence that even if you tumble over the words you can still stutter out a hit to proclaim your love for Bar, Bar, Barbara Ann, just like the Be Be Beach Boys did!
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WATCHA DOING, JENNIFER, MY LOVE?

essentially three different stories. Story one is about Jenny’s life in Britain´s capital city and her travels and associations with the Beatles. the second story covers her life and marriage(s) with Mick Fleetwood, among others and the apparent insanity of the Fleetwood Mac years.

SEAMUS KELLY IS an admirer of Tracy Chapman

Along with a storyteller, visual artist and a songwriter Seamus recently completed work as the resident poet on the Stories We Could Tell project (runner up in the Rochdale Diversity Awards 2016);
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LONG NIGHTS AND BANJO MUSIC

these the strings tightly re-tuned between father and son providers of rhythm and harmony
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JAZZ JOINS POETRY IN PLACE

Every student ought to have the opportunity to act, paint, dance, sing–whatever artistic impulse that helps them discover who they are and who they want to become.
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CAPOTE IN COLD BLOOD

Even writer Norman Mailer, a contemporary who was not without ego himself, was forced to admit, ‘(Truman Capote) wrote the best sentences of anyone in our generation’.
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PLACE POETS IN POSITION TO HELP US: Write Out Loud

With the public’s help Write Out Loud wants to be equipped to enable, champion, inspire, and connect poets – and organisations and schools - no matter what happens during the pandemic, and continue that once it’s over.´

PUBLISHING BROUGHT TO BOOK BY BUSBY

A lot of black people, especially those brought up in this country, it’s not that they know only about black culture. I know about Chaucer and Milton and Molière as well – you know twice as much, not half as much.´
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THE LAST MAN, READING by Michael Higgins

Plague here brings eventually depopulation, migration and a total standstill of commerce, a little like our current situation but whereas governments in our day have instigated restrictions on gatherings and conducting trade, in Mary’s late 21st century commerce eventually dies through the steady tide of the plague itself.