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Walberswick resident Esther Freud is launchig her new novel based around the artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his stays in the village.

Walberswick resident Esther Freud’s link with Charles Rennie Mackintosh

A century ago, celebrated artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh made Walberswick his home for a year. Author Esther Freud has based her latest novel on Rennie’s experiences of the village. Catherine Larner talked to her about it

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steve hackett band

Making prog-ress . . . Steve Hackett comes to Ipswich

Steve Hackett is one of the leading guitarists from the golden age of prog-rock. One of the founder members of Genesis, he is bringing his new show to Suffolk this month which he hopes will breathe new life into those early classics. Andrew Clarke caught up with him in a reflective mood

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Alexander McCall Smith, Scottish writer at his home in Edinburgh, Scotland. 2nd April 2014

Picture by Alex Hewitt/Writer Pictures

World Rights

Welcome to the McCall Smith club

His lady detectives have made him an international success, but now author Alexander McCall Smith has turned his attention to Jane Austen. Catherine Larner talks to him as he looks forward to a visit to Suffolk

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Tony Hadley

Swing is in the air

Eighties New Romantic idol and Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley is about to embark on his first ever solo tour - complete with symphony orchestra. Wayne Savage finds out more

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Nik Kershaw, 2014

The one and only Nik Kershaw

To mark the 30th anniversary of his first hit, Suffolk’s Nik Kershaw is taking to the road with his new Me, Myself and I tour, including a stop in Bury St Edmunds. But first he makes a dream come true, albeit several decades later, by talking to Tara Greaves

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Laura Wright

The Wright notes - Suffolk’s songbird loves coming home

There are few better examples of success than singer Laura Wright. Peter Robertson catches up with the ‘Scrummy Soprano’ who never forgets her Suffolk roots

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acqui Dankworth

Jacqui Dankworth looks forward to Woolpit Festival

Jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth has long-standing love affair with Suffolk having lived in the county for nearly ten years in the 1990s, She tells Andrew Clarke that she always enjoys returning to this part of the world

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**Rolleen Barclay John Sheeran at Woodbridge School (Sculpture)

The man who loves art

Catherine Larner meets art lecturer John Sheeran, father of now famous singer/songwriter Ed . . . and something of a crowd puller in his own right

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Local people

Rosemary Elliott with her exhibition at Wingfield Barns.

New beginnings

Artist Rosemary Elliott likes to change direction from time to time – and there’s no better place than Suffolk to inspire her. Andrew Clarke talks to her about working with the county’s creative community and a forthcoming exhibition in Woodbridge

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Peter Harriison, chef

Return of a culinary genius

Frances Hopewell-Smith persuades Peter Harrison to stop work for a quick chat

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PEOPLE: Liam Scarlett steps up to a new role

Liam Scarlett was described as one to watch when he was a dancer with the Royal Ballet. Now he’s turned his back on performing he’s being hailed as choreography’s next big thing. Andrew Clarke talks to him about his spectacular career so far

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Libby Purves at the stables at her home in Middleton, Suffolk. Pic Clifford Hicks.

‘Our creative county’: Andrew Clarke talks to Libby Purves

Suffolk is steadily gaining a reputation for being a hotbed of creativity. Cultural commentator Libby Purves tells Andrew Clarke how she sees recent developments in her home county

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Zoe Newson - Paralympic Powerlifter

Staying power

Zoe Newson has not let disability prevent her from competing at the highest level. Julian Claxton met the Paralympic powerlifter at her Suffolk home

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Barbara Gale, CEO St Nicholas Hopisce , BSE

Five minutes with . . . Barbara Gale

Gina Long talks to the CEO of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds

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Head of fundraising at West Suffolk Hospital Dave Gooderham and a group of friends have scaled the largest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales to raise more than £6,000 for the hospital. 
You can help too by taking part in the hospital's online auction.

West Suffolk Hospital’s Christmas charity auction in aid of neo-natal unit

Fancy having a rugby World Cup winner take a training session and talk to your school? Or have a three-course dinner cooked in your own home by renowned chef Regis Crepy?

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