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Listen up to the sounds of Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 11:38 24 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:04 20 February 2013

Listen up to the sounds of Suffolk

Listen up to the sounds of Suffolk

This month our reviewer Ben Keenan tunes his ear to three CD releases on the Suffolk dialect

This month our reviewer Ben Keenan tunes his ear to three CD releases on the Suffolk dialect





Although the Suffolk dialect features prominently in books, it has, up and recently been almost impossible to listen to unless you were willing to trawl through decades of professional archives. Nicholas Jenkins and his team have produced the Suffolk Voices range and have saved the public years of searching with three brand new audio cds which bring the unique rhythms of a true Suffolk accent to life with the benefits of natural sounds, professional production values and background music.


The first in the series is A Life Recorded by Peggy Cole MBE whose impressive village garden became an inspiration to all who saw it. In this disc, which lasts 68 minutes, Peggy describes a life lived in Suffolk, her appearance in the film adaptation of Ronald Blythes Akenfield and the time spent in America and onboard the QE2 where she often gave talks in the undiluted accent of which she was so proud. From start to finish, this disc is a fascinating insight into Peggys life and will help the listener understand every nuance of a local dialect from the comfort of your favourite chair.


Next up is Gordon Knowles who answers to the affectionate title of Chicken Man of Bungay. For more than 20 years, Gordon has travelled five miles from his home each day to care for a flock of chickens who, thanks to local campaigners, managed to remain stationed on the traffic roundabout which they had adopted as their home. Gordons story is full of warmth and charm and is an hour well spent thanks to documentary recordings, memories of the local townsfolk and polished archive recordings which all help turn the everyday life of Gordon into a delightful story for all ages.


And finally the latest release in the Suffolk Voices range is an hilarious journey through the history of accents by local historian Charlie Haylock. Those familiar with Charlies range of books will already know of his ability to tell a good story, but given the chance to hear what Charlie has to say makes these 71 minutes fly by. With his trademark wit and uncanny skill of mimicry, this wonderful addition to the range will have you laughing out loud seconds after youve pressed play!



n All three titles in the Suffolk Voices range are available at selected branches of Waterstones, priced at 7.99 each.


If you missed this when it quickly came and went at the countys cinemas last autumn here is the chance to enjoy director Stephen Frears waspish, and often very amusing, look beneath the surface of country life. Gemma Arterton is the lust object in this re-telling of Far From the Madding Crowd (beautifully drawn by Posy Simmonds in The Guardian, by the way) and it also has the splendid Tamsin Greig as the long-suffering wife of a philandering writer. Nice to see that among the small cast someone called Bosworth Acres-Debenham plays a shopkeepers assistant.


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Although the Suffolk dialect features prominently in books, it has, up and recently been almost impossible to listen to unless you were willing to trawl through decades of professional archives. Nicholas Jenkins and his team have produced the Suffolk Voices range and have saved the public years of searching with three brand new audio cds which bring the unique rhythms of a true Suffolk accent to life with the benefits of natural sounds, professional production values and background music.


The first in the series is A Life Recorded by Peggy Cole MBE whose impressive village garden became an inspiration to all who saw it. In this disc, which lasts 68 minutes, Peggy describes a life lived in Suffolk, her appearance in the film adaptation of Ronald Blythes Akenfield and the time spent in America and onboard the QE2 where she often gave talks in the undiluted accent of which she was so proud. From start to finish, this disc is a fascinating insight into Peggys life and will help the listener understand every nuance of a local dialect from the comfort of your favourite chair.


Next up is Gordon Knowles who answers to the affectionate title of Chicken Man of Bungay. For more than 20 years, Gordon has travelled five miles from his home each day to care for a flock of chickens who, thanks to local campaigners, managed to remain stationed on the traffic roundabout which they had adopted as their home. Gordons story is full of warmth and charm and is an hour well spent thanks to documentary recordings, memories of the local townsfolk and polished archive recordings which all help turn the everyday life of Gordon into a delightful story for all ages.


And finally the latest release in the Suffolk Voices range is an hilarious journey through the history of accents by local historian Charlie Haylock. Those familiar with Charlies range of books will already know of his ability to tell a good story, but given the chance to hear what Charlie has to say makes these 71 minutes fly by. With his trademark wit and uncanny skill of mimicry, this wonderful addition to the range will have you laughing out loud seconds after youve pressed play!



All three titles in the Suffolk Voices range are available at selected branches of Waterstones, priced at 7.99 each.


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