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The Feud at The House of Commons, from left: Luke Paget, Jamie Walker and Stephen Mildwater

City musicians receive House of Commons award

Lancaster electro-rock trio The Feud were picked by a top music producer to receive an award at the Houses of Parliament.

Jane Binnion

Lancaster business trainer launches guide to selling with a Heart

A community worker turned small business trainer challenges traditional selling practice in her new book.

Swedens Gibrish will be heading over the North Sea to perform at Lancaster Music Festival this year.

World music on its way

It’s time to start polishing your dancing shoes as the city braces itself for the sixth annual Lancaster Music Festival.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

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This week’s entertainment listings.

War Dog by Damien Lewis

Book review: War Dog by Damien Lewis

Wounded in action, shot by an angry farmer, impaled on railings and almost frozen to death… the war really was a dog’s life for one very special and courageous canine.

Cast of Full Monty, Manchester Opera House, Sept 2014

Review: The Full Monty at Manchester Opera House

If you were to create a play from a recipe it must include a number of ingredients - a story, compelling characters, moments of happiness and sadness, of human redemption and of course a unique selling point.

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Journey's End, Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

Conflict little more than a beastly affair

The mud and blood-splattered trenches of the First World War may seem like the last place to go looking for evidence of man’s humanity, but this enduringly-remarkable play continues to prove otherwise.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters.

Top ten books

This week we take a look at ten of the latest releases proving to be popular.

Author Forest Issac Jones

Book Review: The Greatest English Detective Club by Forest Issac Jones

The Greatest English Detective Club is an unusual concept - a very British children’s novel by an American author with obvious passion for England and its characters.

Captain Hotknives

Rocking in the dock

Glasson Dock’s annual musical shindig kicks off next weekend with 12 hours of sound from some of the region’s finest.

Laura Atherton as Catherine Barkley in A Farewell To Arms which premieres at The Dukes from October 10-25.

All’s fair in love and war for powerful Dukes debut show

Romance against a wartime backdrop visits The Dukes when the first UK stage adaptation of A Farewell To Arms is performed from October 10-25.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

Back to school with Usborne books

Book review: Back to school with Usborne books

It’s good to talk… especially when school is a whole new adventure.

Damage by Felix Francis

Book review: Damage by Felix Francis

Hold onto your hats… Felix Francis is back in the saddle and ready to take us over the jumps.

Gary Rycroft on Rip Off Britain with Angela Rippon.

Guardian columnist pops up on BBC consumer advice programme

Guardian columnist and Lancaster solicitor Gary Rycroft will be “popping up” in the new series of Rip Off Britain, to be broadcast on BBC1 every weekday at 9.15am for four weeks starting on Monday, September 15.

The Sun Inn at Kirkby Lonsdale.

‘Local gem’ makes it into eating out guide

A five-star inn and restaurant in Kirkby Lonsdale has been named as a ‘Local Gem’ in the 2015 edition of the UK’s bestselling restaurant guide.

One Last Dance by Judith Lennox

Book review: One Last Dance by Judith Lennox

Imagine an ancient country mansion, carved out of its landscape and perched on a blustery headland on the windswept coast of Devon…

Claras Daughter by Meike Ziervogel

Book review: Clara’s Daughter by Meike Ziervogel

Mother and daughter relationships… it’s a theme close to the heart of Meike Ziervogel, author and founder of Peirene Press, an award-winning UK publishing house.

Joe McCorriston at Glastonbrewery

Live music on tap

It’s a music festival at a brewery...hence it’s Glastonbrewery! And the ingeniously-named event made its return to Lancaster Brewery on Saturday.

Fast Brain Workouts by Gareth Moore

Book review: Fast Brain Workouts by Gareth Moore

If your body is your temple, then surely your brain is your powerhouse.

Poems, puzzles and a blaze of colour with Buster Books

Book review: Poems, puzzles and a blaze of colour with Buster Books

There’s never a dull moment when Buster Books conjure up a new collection from their magical world of reading.

Martin Fowler

University of Cumbria academic’s ‘Scotland the Brave’

University of Cumbria associate lecturer, Martin Fowler, will launch his new history of Scotland book later this month.

Assembly Rooms, Lancaster.

‘Status quo’ for indoor market

The city’s Assembly Rooms will keep its current identity after councillors turned down another offer.

Pearls, jewels, spies and romance top a new season of reading

Book review: Pearls, jewels, spies and romance top a new season of reading

September is here and with it a new month of exciting children’s books to add welcome colour to the back-to-school blues.

Pearls, jewels, spies and romance top a new season of reading

All that jazz and more

International jazz legends Courtney Pine and Dennis Rollins will headline the fourth Lancaster Jazz Festival next month.

Roger Carter, chair of Bay Tourism

We can wake the ‘sleeping giant’ of tourism

We’ve all heard the rhetoric. Lancaster is a “sleeping giant”, a “hidden gem”, a “honeypot” for tourism, if only it could unlock its potential. Others dismiss Lancaster as a dead end, backwater town, with an appaling transport system that leaves tourists on a one way street out, never to return.

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Book review: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Easy does it… successful homicide detectives don’t have to be the toughest, fastest-talking cops on the block.

The 25 Rules of Grammar by Joseph Piercy

Book review: The 25 Rules of Grammar by Joseph Piercy

Are you an ‘Olde School’ stickler for perfect grammar or a cool ‘New Skool’ devotee who reckons rules are not important?

The Rain by Virginia Bergin

Book review: Get ready for autumn with Macmillan Children’s Books

With autumn term on the horizon, publishers Macmillan have their sights set on a ‘cool’ new collection of children’s books.

More Fool Me: A Memoir is Stephen Fry's new autobiography

Book chart – celebrity autobiographies

Here’s part one of our top 20 celebrity autobiographies due to be released soon.

The second volume of Danny Baker's autobiography is one to watch out for

Celebrity autobiographies to watch out for – Part 2

Here’s the second part in our top 20 upcoming celebrity autobiographies.

Joe McCorriston

Dream gig for singer Joe

Morecambe singer-songwriter Joe McCorriston has landed “the biggest gig of his life so far” after getting an email from one of his musical idols.

Grand  Theatre, Lancaster.

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

The Kings Curse by Philippa Gregory

Book review: The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

‘Mine is the most dangerous name in England: Plantagenet.’

Photo Ian Robinson
Official launch at Haigh Hall of the Wigan & Leigh Words Festival
Author Joseph Delaney

Top Lancashire author to speak at festival

Literature fans and aspiring writers will get to meet some of the North West’s most respected authors at a top literature festival.

Teen treats and fun activities with Usborne books

Book review: Teen treats and fun activities with Usborne books

From exciting sticker books to a stunning teen novel, Usborne Children’s Books have a very special line-up for young readers.

Win a copy of 'Five-a-day to keep you joyful'

Five copies of new book to be won

Five-a-day takes on a whole new meaning with the launch of a pocket-sized book designed to take you on a bit of a joy ride.

The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari

Book review: The Doll Maker by Richard Montanari

Bone-chilling killers… Richard Montanari has them bang to rights.

The new Jack reacher thriller, Personal by Lee Child

Ten top future releases

Here’s some great books to look forward to over the coming months.

The new Jack reacher thriller, Personal by Lee Child

Young city actor cast in West End musical

A young actor from Lancaster has joined the West End cast of Mamma Mia!

Broomstick training at Lancaster Castle

Broomstick trainers recruit apprentice wizards

There’s nothing like the promise of broomstick training to brighten up the kids’ day on an overcast weekend in the holidays.

Mugenkyo Taiko drummers

Experience the thundering rhythms of the Taiko drums

Thundering rhythms, mysterious masked choreography and post apocalyptic imagery will form part of a spellbinding display coming the The Grand Theatre in Lancaster later this year.

Celebration time, children doing the conga through the reedbed, picture by David McHugh.

Come and join the garden celebrations

A garden party to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Leighton Moss is taking place this Sunday.

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Fantasy and science fiction author, J S Collyer from Lancaster.

Lancaster woman pens first sci-fi novel

Fantasy and science fiction writer Jenny Collyer has gone from Zero to hero with the publication of her first novel.

Something old, something new from Oxford University Press

Book review: Something old, something new from Oxford University Press

There is a classical feel to this month’s children’s books from Oxford University Press… and not just because they are republishing some all-time favourites.

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