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Arts, Events, and Exhibitions – June 2017

Here is my pick of arts, events, and exhibitions happening this month. I would love to hear your own suggestions in the comments. Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds Until 1st October, House of Illustration, London For so many British children the illustrations of Quentin Blake are synonymous with the anarchic and gleefully imaginative tales of Roald Dahl. This exhibition, curated by Blake himself, sees a collection of images of anthropomorphised birds. Explored in his 2005 book, The Life of  ...

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Make Your Voice Heard – Use Your Right To Vote

Are you planning to vote in the General Election? I can understand if your answer is ‘no’. Perhaps you have become disillusioned with politics and politicians. Maybe you don’t believe anybody speaks for you or brings about any meaningful change in society anyway. Perhaps you have a jaded view of politicians that they are all so pre-occupied with their own self-interests that voting either which way becomes arbitrary and all will be corrupted by the power they wield eventually. Or maybe you  ...

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Lace in Fashion, But Not To My Taste

There are certain things I think of when ‘lace’ is mentioned. The initial thought is of delicacy and intricacy. A fragility that seems at odds with its practical usage. Lace is a luxury. A material that I long to own and wear, but have to admit that my practical lifestyle could not sustain – throw in ownership of a cat and you instantly have a recipe for catastrophe. So for me lace is a fantasy – the type of cloth that, if my lifestyle allowed I would inhabit. Contrasting its delicacy with  ...

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Rediscovering Spode – #SoT2021

I have made a number of contacts in recent months as I have ventured out from my academic hibernation to explore the cultural landscape that has been blooming on my back door step. I wrote recently about why Stoke-on-Trent is the ideal candidate for City of Culture 2021, and I am fully behind their bid. One site that I have been particularly fascinated in is the Spode factory which is going through some exciting renovations. Many of the historic ceramics sites in Stoke-on-Trent fell into  ...

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