Suffolk Festival of Ideas is looking for your stories.

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For the second year running, the Suffolk Festival of Ideas is seeking stories for the community journal writing project.

When I attended the Ivy Joan Market a few weeks ago, I met printmaking wizard James Treadaway who was handing out the journals.

Beautifully handcrafted, and in an edition of only 100 (probably due to the ridiculous amount of thumb numbing time it must have taken to hand stitch the binding!), the journals have been distributed across Bury St Edmunds for people to tell a true story in words, pictures or photographs, about their life or where they live. The returned journals will then become part of a public exhibition in October.

What a wonderful idea! Just imagine the wide range of stories that could be told, the variety of methods and tones they will be told in, and the way that people will (or could) connect by sharing. The journals are works of art in themselves, with a hand screened logo in green on the cover, and a vellum sheet of instructions as the first page.

Oh and I just the ‘I-Deer’ – genius!

For more information about this festival, visit

Now I just have to think of a story of my own….

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Bury St Edmunds Concert Band, Spring Concert.

It’s spring again! Well, the weather today certainly looked like it. Along with spring, comes the Bury St Edmunds concert in Thurston’s New Green Centre on 25th April.

Director of Music, Rob Head, assures me that they won’t be performing anything by Vivaldi, but promises an exciting, varied and entertaining evening. It may be a cliché, but the Bury St Edmunds Concert Band always performs something for everyone, of every age and taste.

Below is the poster I designed for the event, featuring a seasonal colour theme (think daffodils and chicks). Programmes and tickets will be coming up next.

For tickets, call Sally (01359) 230913 or visit Balaam’s Music on Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds.

See you there!
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A Tribute to the West End

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The Bury St Edmunds Concert band held another concert at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on the 28th February. The theme this time was ‘A Tribute to the West End.’

Beginning with a startling (recorded) thunderstorm and Richard Burton’s introduction to War of the Worlds, Director of Music Rob Head took the audience on a journey to visit all the big shows – The Lion King, The Sound of Music, Cats and others. A one-off performance by the band’s own Tanktops performing songs from the Jersey Boys was a real treat! It was a fantastic evening, ending in a well-deserved standing ovation.

I designed the programme as a fundraiser for the Theatre Royal, which is now struggling after the arts council cut their funding and is regularly looking for support.

Do you have a local theatre, suffering under the weight of failing resources? Show them your support, in any way you can. The best way is to buy tickets, and make sure you buy some for your friends too. Let’s do our best to keep British live theatre and performances alive.