Women Behaving Badly (or well, depending on your point of view)

Writer and singer Jessica Walker has spent much of her career bringing the fascinating, forgotten women’s histories of the last century to the stage. Ahead of the opening of Not Such Quiet Girls, her new play uncovering the forgotten stories of the First World War at The Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, she traces the thread back to her first solo show.

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Great Exhibition of the North’s River Talk

A leisurely stroll along an urban riverbank on a ridiculously hot June day was never going to be an easy sell to two teenage girls, but the idea of a sound walk was intriguing enough to get them to agree, albeit reluctantly, to give it a go. So it was that a friend and I, daughters in tow, experienced Aeons, a new musical journey which takes you on a voyage of discovery along Hadrian’s Wall Path on the North Bank of the River Tyne.

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Getting to Know: Kimberley Robinson Founder of Keep Real

Keep Real is a Yorkshire-based social enterprise devoted to promoting better mental health amongst young people. Founded in 2017, the brand has collaborated with a number of local organisations, run its first mental health workshop in Sheffield and now they are just weeks way from celebrating the first birthday on the 27th of July at Headrow House in Leeds, which is sure to be a fantastic night all in aid of a great cause. We asked founder of Keep Real, Kimberley Robinson, if she could write us a little something about herself and her enterprise to find out why raising awareness around mental health is so important to her and many others.

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Strength in Numbers

Someone once told me that the physical shape of a theatre building reflects the work that happens in it and the people who engage with it.

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The Markle Sparkle – Royal Wedding tipples with Gemma Wade

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ll know that this weekend THE wedding of the year is taking place at Windsor Castle. Millions of people are expected to tune in to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed and we don’t know about you, but we’re very excited!

Thank goodness for Gemma Wade, who has created a bespoke Manchester gin cocktail, the perfect accompaniment to the day’s events.

What’s a wedding without the food right? Don’t worry, Gemma’s previous post is full of wedding day nibbles, from sausage rolls to coronation chicken tacos, she’s got it covered.

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Bringing together the best of California and Britain for the Royal Wedding party

We recently spoke with Gemma Wade, the mastermind behind,  You Say Tomato’, who since 2011 has had more than 5000 people attend her cooking classes, on both sides of the Atlantic; now that’s a pretty big deal.

Just in time for the impending nuptials this weekend, Gemma has written a guide on how to throw a party that embraces Meghan’s California side as well as Harry’s Britishness with recipes that you can create with ease at home; the perfect fuel for THE Wedding of the year.

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Thinking outside the (cardboard) box

In 2013, Hannah Saunders founded Big Fish Little Fish to hold monthly music-oriented events uniquely suitable for the whole family. Top of the list of priorities was to offer a safe and welcoming environment for families of all sizes, and to combine the unmissable atmosphere and vibrancy of traditionally adult-focused music events with child-friendly activities such as face-painting and arts and crafts, providing enough variety to keep even the smallest party-goers happy and engaged. The result was a monthly rave that prioritised good fun and great music.

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