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Essex cricketer Reece Topley is taking on a Powerboat training at Alton Water Sports Centre. 
Pictured with fellow trainees Kirsten Morris and Jon Scales and instructor Paul Cooper

Built for speed

Rising cricket star Reece Topley meets Matt Stott at Alton Water near Ipswich to talk about a new hobby . . . powerboating

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Roger Wright at Snape Maltings

The Wright way

Aldeburgh Music’s new chief executive, Roger Wright, is excited by Suffolk’s enormous cultural and creative wealth – and he wants more people to know about it. He starts with Andrew Clarke

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At home with Nicci Gerrard, who   is one half of the bestselling husband/wife thriller writing team that is Nicci French.

Crime writer Nicci Gerrard on matters of life . . . and death

A chance discovery in her mother’s attic inspired Nicci Gerrard’s latest novel, discovers Lucy Etherington. Pictures: Sarah Lucy Brown

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Author Christopher Matthews writes comic verse. Pictured in his Thorpeness home.

Golden years

Christopher Matthew, author of the best-selling Now We Are 60, might be 76, but he says he’s only just got started. It might be something to do with living in Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, he tells Catherine Larner

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Robin Ellis with cooking students

The return of Robin

Veteran Ipswich-born actor Robin Ellis is returning to the screen in a remake of the period drama that made him a household name. Peter Robertson talked to him about it and his new career as a cookbook writer

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Artist and writer David Gentleman at his Suffolk cottage

Gentleman’s retreat

Lucy Etherington meets the artist, David Gentleman, at his Suffolk home, the subject of his most recent – and personal – work to date

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Anthony Horowitz

A twist in the tale

Suffolk resident Anthony Horowitz is known for recreating the world of Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s adding James Bond to his list of heroes. Catherine Larner went to meet him

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playwright and producer

Keeping it in the family: Calendar Girls author brings his new show to Ipswich

Playwright Tim Firth is very much an observer of our times. Andrew Clarke caught up with him as he oversees rehearsals for his first musical, which he promises is going to be a little bit different

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Local people

Maggie Scorer is planning to ride around England and Scotland with her dog Oscar.

Have dog, will travel . . .

One woman, one dog, one bike . . . and 5,000 miles. Jan Etherington meets Maggie Scorer and Oscar as they plan the journey of a lifetime

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Becky Sebright-King, aka Ladty Bakewell-Park

Lady Bakewell rises to the occasion

Tessa Allingham meets the entrepreneurial baker, Becky Sebright-King

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Andy Ottely, of Great Blakenham, has been an Elvis impersonator for two years and is ready to celebrate the King's 80th birthday on January 8, 2015.

The wonder of Andy

Elvis would have been 80 this month, but his legacy is in good hands thanks to his army of impersonators. Martin Chambers has left the building, thank you very much, in search of one

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Profile on potter Libbi Hutchence. For Suffolk Magazine.

A passion for pottery

Tessa Allingham meets west Suffolk potter Libbi Hutchence

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Generations of Ladybird books to revive childhood memories. Photo: Bill Smith

Legendary Ladybird . . . Lorraine Johnson spots an opportunity

Lorraine Johnson grew up enjoying Ladybird books (no doubt she got one or two in her Christmas stocking). Decades later she’s written the first proper story of the company that helped teach so many children to read.

Words Jayne Lindill Pictures Bill Smith

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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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