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The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

Book review: The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

African albino girl Memory didn’t win first prize in the lottery of life…

Empirical will headline this years Lancaster Jazz Festival. Picture by Tom Barnes.

Lancaster Jazz Festival is bigger than ever

Lancaster Jazz Festival is set to be bigger than ever as the three-day event is held in the city for the fifth year running.

The Secret Garden

Unlock secrets of magical garden

Join young Mary Lennox on her journey of discovery as she travels to her uncle’s house deep in the countryside, where unexpected friends and very magical creatures help her unlock the mystery of the secret garden.

The name’s Bond for top sculptor

Sculptor Andrew Kay was ‘shaken but not stirred’ when he was asked to create a life-size giraffe for a cameraman on the James Bond movies. Andrew got the phone call completely out of the blue but within four weeks had finished the job and shipped it out to Luc Poullain’s home in Belgium. Luc, a stunt helicopter pilot whose film credits include Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig, had ordered the sculpture as a surprise birthday present for his wife and now it stands in pride of place in the garden of their Brussels townhouse.

Hot tub and veranda

Sun sets on great weekend in luxury lodge

Having made the short journey from north Lancashire to the excellent Lytham Festival a few weeks ago, I realised there was plenty of new places to discover in the Fylde and Wyre boroughs.

Paul Lamb

Blues man Lamb bringing his Snakes to Lune Valley festival

A world renowned London based blues band will headline this year’s Lunesdale Music Festival in Arkholme.


Silence is golden for acoustic duo

Lancaster acoustic act Mute will perform at The Bobbin in the city tonight to celebrate the launch of their new EP.

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Book review: The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

Katherine Parr… we all know her as the queen who famously survived marriage to the much-wedded King Henry VIII.

Funnyman Bobby Ball comes to Lancaster next week.

Brace yourself to play Ball

A new play written by veteran funnyman Bobby Ball comes to Lancaster this month.

Round off the summer with Regency romance from Piatkus

Book review: Round off the summer with Regency romance from Piatkus

Enjoy the froth, fun and fire of Regency romance with two sizzling new books from Piatkus.

Get ready for school with Usborne Books

Book review: Get ready for school with Usborne Books

Sssh… don’t tell the kids but the summer holidays are almost over and it’s time to get ready for a new school term.

Judie Surridge column

Geriatrics afloat column: Boating holiday that made waves

After running a Sail’n’Dine business on Windermere for 20 years, a Hornby couple decided to sell up shop and pursue their hobby of exploring the English and Welsh waterways in their narrowboat Halcyon.

Here in their first column Judie Surridge looks back to the start of her and husband John’s canal adventures.

In the weeks to come the couple will share more of their “geriatric” experiences on their narrowboat.


New online dictionary additions: are you ‘manspreading’ or ‘hangry’?

Britons are offending commuters by manspreading, revelling in bants with their friends at beer o’clock, and having a brain fart while talking about the Grexit, but it’s NBD.

Catherine Simpson.

Debut novel shares tale of lonely farm life

A former pupil of Garstang High School will release her new book which tells the tale of a boy with autism.

Kate O'Donell

Transgender star tells all at Dukes

Kate O’Donnell will be making a song and dance about her transgender life when she appears in an award winning show at The Dukes in September.

Bill Bailey

No need to go far for a good laugh

Fasten your seatbelts for an action-packed season of music, theatre, comedy and sport as Preston Guild Hall announces its new season of shows.

Picture shows Josh Taylor Dressed as Bane and Trevor Sterling dressed a a graduate student at the World Gravy Wrestling Championships 2014 at The Rose 'n Bowl, in Stacksteads, Lancs., Hundreds of people turned out to watch the wrestlers dressed in fancy dress fight in a massive pool of gravy.
Thomas Temple/Rossparry.co.uk

Bank holiday fun on the cards for county

A fun-filled bank holiday weekend is in store for Lancashire with lots going on across the county.


The Original Jukebox Heroes. Picture by Rebecca Xibalba.

Supergroup of glam rock comes to city

Get your air guitars at the ready for some of the best 70s glam rock is coming to Lancaster Grand this September.

Trouble is brewing with Random House Childrens Books

Book review: Trouble is brewing with Random House Children’s Books

Everyone’s favourite troublemaker Daisy is in full bloom in a brilliant new collection from Random House Children’s Books.

Cover of Guinness World Records 2015

Lancashire’s Guinness World Record holders

Guinness World Records is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first published edition in 2015.


When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi

Book review: When the Moon Is Low by Nadia Hashimi

Almost every day, boatloads of fleeing migrants wash up on the shores of Europe in the hope of finding a better life.

Peterborough comedian Darren Walsh wins the Dave Funniest Joke of the Fringe 2015 award. Photo: UKTV Dave/Martina Salvi

What’s your favourite from the top 10 Edinburgh Fringe jokes of 2015?

British comedian Darren Walsh’s pun won 23% of the votes in the annual competition run by TV channel Dave to land ‘Funniest Joke of the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

Wartime thrills, rare leopards and a black princess with Walker Books

Book review: Wartime thrills, rare leopards and a black princess with Walker Books

A boy on the run in wartime France, rare leopards under threat and a dainty royal with a ‘dark’ secret round off Walker Books’ summer of fun.

Dame Vivienne Westwood will be answering questions by satellite.

Docs galore at Lancaster Dukes

A thought provoking range of DukesDocs is lined up at the Lancaster cinema this August and September.

The Murderers Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

Book review: The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

The darkest thrillers often come from the deepest minds…

The Little Book of Colouring by Amber Anderson

Book review: The Little Book of Colouring by Amber Anderson

Feeling stressed, need to unwind, want to unleash your inner creativity? One of these gorgeous little colouring books could be just what you need!

Robin Boot.

Former Lancaster pupil taking comedy world by storm

A former pupil at Lancaster Royal Grammar School is taking the comedy world by storm with an added musical twist.

Joe McCorriston and John Allen

It’s been a rocky road for Joe but persistence has paid off

As the old saying goes, “what does not kill you, makes you stronger”.

Cilla Black in rehearsal with the Sounds Incorporated group before their show at the ABC Ritz in September 1964

Sir Cliff leads tributes at Cilla Black funeral

SIR Cliff Richard said that it seemed “outrageous” that Cilla Black was gone and called her death “just a hiccup in our relationship” as he paid tribute to the singer and TV presenter at her funeral.


Nosferatu will be one of the films shown as part of The Dukess screenings.

Frightful experience as horrors stalk Williamson Park

The Dukes cinema is returning to Williamson Park with a season of outdoor film screenings.

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The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon

Book review: The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon

The drowsy, listless heat of a summer’s day, the turbulent, bittersweet passions of the teen years and the alluring calm of a quiet canal towpath…

Trip down the rabbit hole at Morecambe Winter Gardens

It’s time to take a trip down the Rabbit Hole as Morecambe Winter Gardens, in association with Attic Door Productions, celebrates the 150th ‘unbirthday’ of Lewis Carroll’s classic crazy tale.

Library to get loud again with show from promising new act

Get It Loud is back at Lancaster Library next month with a fresh new band currently receiving rave reviews.

Book review: Superhero School: Curse of the Evil Custard by Alan McDonald and Nigel Baines

Welcome back to Mighty High – the school for superheroes.

Its kick-off time for childrens summer reading

Book review: It’s kick-off time for children’s summer reading

The vintage tale of a football which refuses to be kicked from pillar to post is the leading player in a ‘matchless’ line-up of fun reading for kids.

James Wilson (6) whose arms have blistered badly after having Henna tattoos done whilst on holiday NW*23291

Video: Warning over ‘black henna’ temporary tattoos

The British Skin Foundation has issued a warning over so-called “black henna” temporary tattoos after research among dermatologists reveals they are seeing an increase in reactions at their clinics.


Tim Burton's heading back to Blackpool - switching on the Illuminations

Film chief Tim set for Switch-On

Legendary film director Tim Burton has been announced as this year’s Lights Switch-On star.


Sins of the Mother by Irene Kelly

Book review: Sins of the Mother by Irene Kelly

Irene Kelly’s childhood was unremittingly grim and it took over 40 years to finally lay to rest the spectre of abuse and neglect which haunted both her dreams and her adult life.

Sins of the Mother by Irene Kelly

Competition: Win a family ticket to The Basil Brush Show

Saturday teatime used to be my favourite time for television. Why? – because that rascal Basil Brush and his famous laugh was on.

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Book review: The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

For over 30 years, Mary Higgins Clark has been delighting readers with her smart, beautifully written murder mysteries, but there’s a fresh and exciting element to her intriguing ‘cold case’ series.


Sing alongside BLAKE at Lancaster Grand

When Dame Shirley Bassey first saw the male vocal group BLAKE perform she, along with millions of viewers, was so smitten she promptly requested they sing at her birthday party that same night.

Picture by Julian Brown for the LEP 10/08/15

Film producer Edward Rastelli-Lewis who has just produced

New film focuses on caravan

A budding Lancaster film producer has just released a film centred around a family caravan.


BLAKE to perform at Lancaster’s Grand

When Dame Shirley Bassey first saw the male vocal group BLAKE perform she, along with millions of viewers, was so smitten she promptly requested they perform at her birthday party that same night.

Moulettes will be performing at The Leopard on November 30.

Turning up the musical heat at More Music

More Music’s The Hothouse is a venue for internationally acclaimed musicians from the worlds of folk, jazz, world music and more.

Moulettes will be performing at The Leopard on November 30.

Keyboard legend to play at Lancaster Priory

Keyboard legend Rick Wakeman will perform at Lancaster’s historic Priory as part of the city’s music festival.

Krissi Bohn in the Bogus Woman

Corrie star to play 50 roles in Lancaster

A former Coronation Street actress portrays more than 50 characters in a one-woman play at The Dukes on September 9.

Samantha Taylor

Scorton art show back by popular demand

A sought-after art and craft show is back by popular demand and will showcase some of the most talented artists across the district.

Neglected by Jenny Molloy

Book review: Neglected by Jenny Molloy

Jenny Molloy knows only too well what it means to be a neglected child, deprived of love and left to battle through life with nothing to depend on but your own wits and determination.

Lancaster Music Festival.
Lancaster Batala drummers performing in Market Square.

Countdown begins for music fest as 50 city venues sign up

It’s just two months until Lancaster Music Festival will once again bathe the city in its warm, fuzzy glow.

The Jump by Doug Johnstone

Book review: The Jump by Doug Johnstone

Grief can make people do the strangest things…

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