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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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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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Local people

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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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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choregrapher

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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Charity

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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