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Alan Carr and Grace Larkin at Grand Theatre

REVIEW: Carr revels in debut Blackpool sell-out

For a man with supposed hip problems, Alan Carr doesn’t half clock up the laps.

Dinoblock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo

Book review: Dinoblock by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo

Dinosaurs come in all shapes and sizes… and now kids can get a ‘feel’ for the dynamic creatures which once roamed our planet.

Matt Richardson, frontman in Bastard of the Skies

Doom from the East descends on city music venue

The sounds of East Lancashire head north this weekend for a show at The Yorkshire House in Lancaster.

Saltcutters

Frontman back with new band

Mikey Kenney returns to the city tomorrow night, Friday, with his new Liverpool based band for a show at The Three Mariners.

Jazz Festival

Jazz fest line-up to be revealed

Lancaster Jazz Festival will officially launch its programme tomorrow night, Friday with a selection of indoor and outdoor gigs.

Lancaster Funk Club played seven shows in Costa Rica as The Convulsions.

Convulsions funk things up in seven show Costa Rica tour

Lancaster Funk Club – fresh from a tour of Costa Rica – are back in the city this weekend.

Other Places by Edited by Nicholas Litchfield

Book review: Other Places by Edited by Nicholas Litchfield

If you can’t afford a holiday in foreign climes this summer, why not take an armchair tour of some of the world’s most interesting and exotic locations?

The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England by Geraldine Roberts

Book review: The Angel and the Cad: Love, Loss and Scandal in Regency England by Geraldine Roberts

They were the celebrity couple of their day… she was the beautiful heiress to one of the largest fortunes in Britain, and he was the handsome nephew of military hero the Duke of Wellington.

Linda Nolan.

Nolan sister’s Family Fortunes case dropped

TV and stage star Linda Nolan is expected to escape with a caution after being accused of being a benefits cheat.

Linda Nolan.

Book review: Tall stories, cute creatures and a sheepish sheep with Maverick

A kind-hearted giraffe steals the show as innovative independent publisher Maverick rolls out a sunshine collection of enchanting picture books.

Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel by C. W. Gortner

Book review: Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel by C. W. Gortner

From French laundrywoman’s daughter to legendary couturier, Coco Chanel’s life was as dramatic as the iconic fashions she created.

Magician David Lancaster with members of The Dukes Young Company.

Duke’s twist of magic

A group of local young people will be bringing their own special magic to The Dukes version of Oliver Twist in Williamson Park this summer.

Undated Film Still Handout from Jurassic World. Pictured: Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. See PA Feature FILM Jurassic. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Universal. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Jurassic.

REVIEW: Jurassic World

The moment had finally arrived. Dinosaurs appeared on the big screen once again.

JK Rowling, who has announced that a new play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, will open in London in summer 2016

Rowling announces Harry Potter play

Boy wizard Harry Potter is heading for a new adventure on stage, following his outings in print and on the big screen.

Lovely Eggs

Forest party features original and eclectic line up of acts

Lancaster’s The Lovely Eggs will join an eclectic line-up of up and coming North West acts at this year’s Cloudspotting Festival in the Forest of Bowland.

A strange circus, an exciting school and a superhuman boy

Book review: A strange circus, an exciting school and a superhuman boy

A magical circus casts a spell in a sparkling selection of children’s books hitting the shelves this summer.

Stewart Parsons (second right), with the Get It Loud in Libraries team and folk duo The Civil Wars

Library music project up for national award

A music project that brought the likes of Adele, Florence and the Machine and Jessie J to Lancaster is striving for nationwide acclaim in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

Land of the Blind

Book review: Land of the Blind by Barbara Nadel

The wave of demonstrations and civil unrest which swept across Turkey in the summer of 2013 provides the dramatic backdrop to a gripping new crime thriller from award-winning author Barbara Nadel.

Life of Pies book author, Martin Tarbuck.

Morecambe FC pies shoot to top of league

Morecambe FC’s award-winning pies have shot to the top of the league with a man who spent three years travelling the country in search of the perfect pie.

An Oxford Tragedy by Norman Russell

Book review: An Oxford Tragedy by Norman Russell

How about a good, old-fashioned detective story to while away those long summer evenings?

Searching for Grace Kelly by M. G. Callahan

Book review: Searching for Grace Kelly by M. G. Callahan

New York in the Fifties… a city of glitz and glamour, poised between the past and a brave new world, where dreams come true and lives can be broken.

PCW owner Steven Fludder

PCW’s Steven Fludder - The PCW Academy goes from strength to strength

This week has been spent doing things I don’t like and that’s mostly spending money.

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The Skys

Lithuania’s best rock export play three city shows

Lithuania’s top rock band The Skys will perform three nights in Lancaster this weekend as part of a North West tour.

Chris Wood

Award winning folk songs resonate from coast to coast

An award winning folk musician is set to perform in Morecambe this weekend.

The Penny Heart by Martine Bailey

Book review: The Penny Heart by Martine Bailey

When young Manchester trickster Mary Jebb narrowly escapes the gallows in 1787, the reprieve comes at a terrible price… seven years in a penal colony ‘at the ends of the earth.’

Lancaster History Tour by Jon Sparks

Book review: Lancaster History Tour by Jon Sparks

Since the Romans built a fort in the area in about 80AD, Lancaster has grown from a small town supplying goods to its invaders into a bustling city packed with history and well-known landmarks.

Little Tiger Press is making Fathers Day extra special

Book review: Little Tiger Press is making Father’s Day extra special

Give your dad – and your little ones – a treat this Father’s Day with some brilliant books just made for reading aloud and sharing.

Elton John

Review: Elton John, Westmorland County Showground

As a child of the 80s and 90s I’ve always been aware of the celebrity exploits of Sir Elton John.

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson

Book review: A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson

Romeo and Juliet they may not be… but star-crossed lovers Wes Carter and Kat Lane share a passion that will sweep you off your feet.

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson

Book review: My Book of Bike Activities by Catherine Bruzzone

As cycling fans gear up for next month’s Tour de France, now is the perfect time to get your kids pumping the pedals… indoors as well as outdoors!

Lancaster film maker Richard Albiston, has collected an impressive array of memorabilia connected with the old Cannon film company. He has also just bought the rights to the name. Picture by Paul Heyes, Monday May 11, 2015.

Film-maker Richard to shoot new Cannon

A budding Lancaster film-maker is aiming to resurrect the name and style of a famous American film company.

Sir Christopher Lee has died aged 93

Movie icon Christopher Lee dies, aged 93

Actor Sir Christopher Lee, known for his role as Count Dracula in the Hammer Horror films, has died at the age of 93 according to reports.

Blur performing at Blackpool Empress Ballroom

REVIEW: Blur, Blackpool Empress Ballroom

As the opening bars of The Universal rang out around the Empress Ballroom at the end of the night, Damon Albarn gazed around him in wonder at the beautiful surroundings.

Imogen Rae

Summer show brings a Rae of sunshine to Storey music hall

A nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from Lancaster will be back in her home city this month to launch her new album.

In My House by Alex Hourston

Book review: In My House by Alex Hourston

When a lonely, middle-aged recluse rescues an Albanian teenager from human traffickers at Gatwick airport, the two very different women form an unlikely friendship.

Morgan Comer as the Lord of the Dance in Dangerous Games. Pic by Brian Doherty.

REVIEW: Lord of the dance: Dangerous Games at Blackpool Opera House

The euphoric musical moment that saw Michael Flatley tap his way to fame at the Eurovision Song contest has created a unstoppable phenomenon that showcases the very best in Irish music and dance.

Starsailor

Starsailor announce UK tour

STARSAILOR have announced a full UK headline tour for October 2015 - the thirteen-date run will see the band perform at some of the UK’s major cities, including Manchester, Liverpool and London.

The Yorkshire Dales

Storyteller visits Ingleton Library

Go wild for a special event at Ingleton Library.

Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean

Book review: Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean

If music is the food of love then words just as surely provide the perfect ingredients for a feast of linguistic eroticism.

The science of fun reading with Abrams & Chronicle Books

Book review: The science of fun reading with Abrams & Chronicle Books

Jon Scieszka, one of the most exciting voices in children’s literature, is on ‘genius’ form in a brilliant new science-based adventure series from Abrams & Chronicle Books.

Jeff Kinney's Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Ten top young people’s books

Here are 10 of the most mentioned titles following research by the National Literacy Trust.

Francis R Denson's, The Journey of a Lifetime

Join Morecambe writer Francis on life’s great journey

A retired chartered engineer from Morecambe has charted a remarkable journey in his new book.

Lancaster author, Carys Davies.

New chapter as North West Literary Salon opens its doors in Lancaster

A new literary initiative aimed at showcasing the very best of the North West’s writing talent is proving to be a real page-turner.

the Levellers Portrait

Final acts for 10 year old festival

Folk-rock legends The Levellers complete the final line-up for this year’s Beatherder Festival.

Elton John to put on final show in South Lakes

Global superstar musician and singer Elton John will be performing his first and last ever show in the area next weekend.

Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Entertainment listings

This week’s entertainment listings.

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Book review: The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

Best-selling novelist Lucinda Riley likes nothing better than to transport her readers to exotic foreign climes and jewelled backdrops… but now she’s reaching for the stars.

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