Category: Features

The ‘Optimistic Sisters’ of Medway: A Q & A with the Medway Soroptimists by Sam Hall

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Writer and founder of the 17Percent campaign and Wordsmithery, SAM HALL introduces the Medway Soroptimists on the eve of their 70th birthday. In 2015 this very active local branch of the international voluntary service organisation supported a successful series of writing workshops linked to her play MY MIND IS FREE Tell us about the history of Medway…

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Feature: WOW Visits the 2015 Kent County Show, by Roy Smith

The Kent County Show may seem an odd day out for a couple of vegetarian townies, but we found plenty to see, do and like at Kent’s annual celebration of farming and countryside living. The show, organised by the Kent County Agricultural Society, happens yearly on the Detling Showground near Maidstone, and is hugely popular, attracting…

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Film Review: The Duke of Burgundy, by Cameron A. Straughan

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‘The Duke Of Burgundy’ was both a fictional pub in the classic Ealing comedy ‘Passport To Pimlico’ (1949), and additionally, happens to be the name of a certain species of butterfly found only in England. Far from a film about a friendly neighbourhood pub, or an educational chat with David Attenborough, the 2014 incarnation of ‘The Duke Of Burgundy’ is encased…

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Comrades in a Shadow World, by Wendy Daws

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At the University of Brighton I became fascinated by how people see art – not in a critical sense but literally. How, if you’re sight impaired, do you enjoy and engage with art and galleries? This fascination led to my dissertation ‘The Value of Touch and Museum Approaches to the Visually Impaired Visitor’ and when I returned to Medway, I met the Kent Association for the Blind and setup the KAB Medway Blind Art Group.

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