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Lin Bensley tells the story of one of East Anglia’s greatest novelists - Harold W ‘Jack’ Freeman - and why we should rediscover his work.

Sculptor Paul Richardson is best known for his quirky, figurative steel sculptures – over-sized East End geezers, a Roy Rogers-style cowboy, a native American chief on the warpath, Pegasus, a flying horse, a Day of the Dead Mariachi and a earnest looking butler, among many others.

Sir Cedric Morris was one of East Anglia’s great artists, famous for his flower paintings, a new exhibition aims to reveal that he was a painter with a far greater palette. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to his pupil Maggi Hambling about her aspirations for the exhibition.

As this year marks the centenary of the Suffragette movement securing the vote for women, we enlisted the help of our friends at Ipswich Waterstones to select some of the finest books by female authors. Here’s what they came up with.

Top children’s author Jessica Townsend is topping off a bumper Half Term for Waterstones in Ipswich, as two Children’s Book Prize authors meet youngsters and sign books.

A major art gallery has returned a classic Pre-Raphaelite painting to its walls following a public outcry over censorship. Arts editor Andrew Clarke says that you don’t provoke debate by removing one of the voices in the argument.

Artist Annabel Mednick has just finished a three year study of Leo Collins, a young person with a story to tell. Arts editor Andrew Clarke spoke to Annabel about the joy and the challenges of capturing a multi-faceted portrait of someone trying to overcome disability and live life on their terms

Organisers of the ‘In Celebration of Peace’ exhibition held at the University of Suffolk have been buoyed by the display’s success.

An award-winning Suffolk photographer gave a talk to enthusiasts on her diverse career, which has seen her cover subjects ranging from birth to boxing.

A Suffolk artist who saves lives at sea has captured the passion and bravery of his crew-mates in a collection of portraits which have taken social media by storm.

An iconic image of the Suffolk coast features among a peculiar collection of images designed to entice Hong Kong Chinese students to study in the UK.

This year’s SPILL Festival of Performance will begin with the world premiere of Clarion Call, a co-commission between Ipswich arts charity the Pacitti Company and 14-18 NOW, which was behind the Tower of London poppies project.

Award-winning crime author Elly Griffiths will be visiting three Suffolk libraries next month as part of a tour promoting her latest book.

A humongous hedgehog housed in Holywells Park last autumn has been given a name by the public as part of an innovative art trail.

The author Francesca Armour-Chelu talks about her freewheeling Suffolk childhood, the strangeness of East Anglia and why she is thrilled her books have got more boys reading.

Suffolk children’s author and stand-up comic James Campbell loves to share his writing skills with schoolchildren in East Anglia and he’s not sure who gets most out of it - them or him - as his new book, The Funny Life Of Pets, is full of their stories.

Internationally acclaimed poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah, dubbed the people’s laureate, explains why he’s not mellowing with age; quite the opposite in fact.

Anthony Coe of The John Russell Gallery say not that much has changed since Constable and Gainsborough fell in love with our region.

A Suffolk youth and arts centre has been converted into a “white space” gallery offering young contemporary artists a chance to exhibit in a professional environment – with monitoring from more established names.

Fancy yourself as an arts aficionado? Mark Edwards has put together a quiz that will put that claim to the test.

Are you a guy who, while Christmas shopping for your beloved, defaults to ‘A selection of body wash, lotion, soap etc in a basket. Women love that stuff’? Or is this a stereotype we should resist?

The fifth edition of Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will again take place next summer and both established and up-and-coming artists are being sought to submit works.

Turner Prize-winning artist’s exhibition at Firstsite expounds the fictional world of an Essex everywoman that inspired his ‘Taj Mahal on the Stour’.

Three Suffolk artists have collaborated on an exhibition inspired by the human form – including a series dedicated to a missing man from the county.

A Christmas exhibition, which showcases a range of works from contemporary artists, printmakers, sculptors and potters, is underway at the Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre, in Cornard Mills, near Sudbury.

An early Constable painting depicting a landscape on the Suffolk/Essex border fetched £1.5million at a Sotherby’s auction this evening, but failed to reach the £2-3m estimate.

I knew all about the Vikings and Boudicca. I knew about the Siege of Colchester and Mods and Rockers. But I’d never heard of Captain Swing.

Equestrian artist Frances Sullivan is celebrating her 25th anniversary as a professional painter

As a prelude to the official opening of the new Heritage Centre at the Guildhall, in Bury St Edmunds, some of the historic and artistic delights housed in the town centre building have gone on display.

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