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Festivals, prawns, verse and deckchairs: Angel C. Dye meets poet Matt Chamberlain

What do poets wear to interviews?  Maybe Lazarus-style bandage over eyes (as in Matt Chamberlain’s Bowie-inspired ‘I Can’t Look’  YouTube video, a tragic story of submission by the down-beaten)?  The tale behind many closed doors, given a new twist: just don’t look. I am not sure if I can look.  Perhaps foolishly, before this meeting,…

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Who is… Calista Kazuko?

Calista Kazuko

The first photo I saw of Calista was of her perched on the edge of a grand piano, surrounded by hip, young, beautiful things, legs seeming to stretch up beyond her hot pants to her armpits, head thrown back, knee bent up, as if crunched into the split second before unleashing an earth-splitting howl of laughter, or to knee anyone who dared dispute her place as Queen of LA that night in the face.

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Chatham illustrator publishes first children’s book

James Boast Wow Kent What's on where Kent

Lifelong animal enthusiast James Boast, 27, has published his first book, in which he aims to teach youngsters about the circle of life. Having always had a strong interest in animals, James wants to encourage more children to learn about the rainforest and its ecosystems. Now a freelance illustrator, James’ childhood bedroom in Chatham was…

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Evita leads a summer of must-see shows at the Orchard Theatre

WOW Kent What's on Where in Kent Evita

Bringing the West End to North Kent audiences for over 30 years, the Orchard Theatre has a blockbusting summer ahead, featuring music, drama and comedy for both adults and children. Evita takes us into June, with a storming opening night last night. Santa Evita, forever immortalised by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was the…

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Review: The Beast at Betteshanger Country Park by Anna Morell

The Beast

We’re up and out early. An hour’s drive east to The Beast. The sky thickens and darkens as we drive, mammatus clouds gathering above us, gloaming, bright white light around ominous globules. Everything feels foreboding, and then the sky opens. Lightning splitting the sci-fi sky, and thunderclaps announcing pouring rain. What the heck have we let…

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