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David Bowie had many faces, many guises and many musical personalities – from Ziggy Stardust, to Aladdin Sane, to the pale-faced harlequin of Ashes to Ashes. And to mark the first anniversary of Bowie’s death Suffolk-based printmaking collective Off The Press have created a new exhibition which celebrates the diverse nature of Bowie’s talent.

A collective of creative Ipswich talents have come together to highlight the plight of refugees and inspire compassion for newcomers in this region.

It’s just 10 years since fashion designer Bella Singleton finished secondary school studies in Suffolk.

“The Rendlesham Forest incident can truly be regarded as the ‘perfect storm’ of a UFO case”, explains former Ministry of Defence investigator Nick Pope in his introduction to a new book on the 36-year-old mystery.

Browsers Bookshop best-evers

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Does The Grapes of Wrath do it for you? What about Catch 22?

Gallery: The hottest new books of 2017?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Who doesn’t savour the anticipation when you know a book you’d like is about to come out? Try these, suggests Steven Russell

We must ‘fight the fear’ to conquer our negative mindset, she says

An Olympic medal-winner and a contemporary artist with links to the region, were among the inspirational people to receive New Year’s Honours, it has emerged.

Would you seek help from a former IRA gunman jailed for life for attempted murder? Felixstowe’s JM Hewitt did, for her book The Hunger Within

A pop-up art exhibition put together by a group of Suffolk students has been praised for transforming an empty shop with a “vast assortment of vibrant and engaging work”.

Inspired snappers in Kesgrave enjoyed the summer sun and braved the wintry weather to share their stills in the latest Kesgrave Photography Competition.

For a man who reckons he drifted into advertising and public relations without knowing much about it, Bob Cattell hasn’t done badly. We’d all be pretty chuffed to have altered course slightly and ended up selling more than 250,000 children’s books, wouldn’t we?

Colchester raised £435,223 to buy a Second World War submarine. Why have we forgotten that? asks Steven Russell.

A Suffolk artist is donating a fifth of proceeds from the sale of her latest work to a charity which helped her son return to education.

David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Who... They were all on the bill in Chelmsford

Katherine Hamilton is a landscape artist with a cinematic vision. She’s a world traveller who loves to soak up the cultural influences of the places she visits and transfer them onto her canvases.

Iconic artist and illustrator Edward Ardizzone is undergoing something of a revival and critical re-assessment at the moment. A new book detailing his eventful life and career has just been published and the London gallery House of Illustration is currently staging his first solo exhibition and major retrospective in 40 years.

Deadline approaches for community cash bid

Bustling cityscapes will be displayed alongside serene local street scenes during a gallery’s Christmas exhibition.

Read the winning poems from pupils at Alde Valley High School, Suffolk One, Hollesley Primary, Orford Primary, All Saints Laxfield, Grundisburgh Primary and Springfield Junior School

There’s no doubt about it: George Orwell, famous for novels such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, pretty much despised Southwold. Mind you, he smelled badly – of BO and shag tobacco...

‘I wore velvet shoes, spent long nights in cocktail bars...’ But then city girl Fiona Melrose lost her heart to eerie rural Suffolk

The former pop chart-topper turned vicar − in Southwold this week − tells STEVEN RUSSELL why he’s drawn to The Real Housewives of Atlanta

They lived in his boarding-school bedroom! These days, the inspectors might have something to say about that...

A writer of breathtaking true stories, with a gift for unearthing seldom-told tales of wartime courage, could soon be seeing another of his books played out on the big screen – little more than a year after Hollywood first came calling.

Rebecca Watts isn’t a great fan of surprises, but one the other day will be remembered fondly for all the right reasons. Boyfriend James was behind the wheeze at a pub – commissioning a huge cake designed to look like her debut poetry book.

The enthusiasts who refused to let the seaside fall silent after cash-strapped Aldeburgh Poetry Festival went into hibernation

It’s an 18-mile time-tunnel – a stretch where trains once ran and rural stations were often places of hustle and bustle. Then it fell quiet. 


Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure - many of which were set in Suffolk - changed the course of children’s literature.

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