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Talented Southampton poet contributes to first global covid-19 inspired anthology

Talented Southampton poet contributes to first global covid-19 inspired anthology

‘Together: An anthology from the COVID-19 pandemic’, is a true collection of the many voices of humanity during the hard time that has been and still is in 2020, curated by Dutch researcher Dr Pauldy Otermans and social educationist Dev Aditya from London. The 444-page book, which  is currently available in  in nine countries, includes
Lock Write Down poetry helping Black Minds Matter and NHS

Lock Write Down poetry helping Black Minds Matter and NHS

by Charlie Hislop. Covid-19 Lockdown has affected everyone differently. Some people thrived, some struggled, some worked and some people wrote about it. And someone decided to collect some of that into a book. Lock Write Down is a poetry anthology curated by Robyn Hislop, produced as a way of raising money for charity – Black
Southampton parent produces books to help children deal with worries

Southampton parent produces books to help children deal with worries

by Frances Churchward. Sarah Horsfall is a Southampton mother with two children who attend a local primary school. She has recently produced a series of books, The Owlbert Series, published by Tricorn Books written in rhyme, for primary aged children. Sarah explains why she decided to write the books: “There have been several times during my time
Hampshire company Solid 8 receiving death wishes after mistaken identity

Hampshire company Solid 8 receiving death wishes after mistaken identity

by Sally Churchward. THE owners of a small Hampshire business are suffering a torrent of abusive calls, messages and reviews after irate social media users have mistaken them for a company in San Francisco. A video of the British CEO of San Francisco tech company Solid8, Michael Lofthouse, has gone viral on social media this
Charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair needs £225,000 to survive

Charity behind Theatre Royal Winchester and Hat Fair needs £225,000 to survive

by Sally Churchward. The arts and education charity, Play to the Crowd which runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers, has today announced that it needs to raise £225,000 by the end of September in order to survive beyond the Covid crisis.  The news comes the day after it was announced that Nuffield Southampton
Southampton protest against transphobia

Southampton protest against transphobia

A protest against transphobia will be held on Saturday 18th July from 12:00pm – 15:00pm in Guildhall Square, Southampton. This is part of a day of national action against transphobia taking part across the UK.  On 14th June 2020, the Sunday Times reported that, despite 70% of responses to the recent consultation on the reform
Help secure future of Southampton independent bookshop by treating yourself

Help secure future of Southampton independent bookshop by treating yourself

Southampton’s radical bookshop October Books, has launched a crowdfunder like no other – this promises a 100% return to all who contribute. The folks at October Books are encouraging the public to buy October Books vouchers via a crowdfunding campaign in order to keep the tills ringing until they can open their doors once more.
Graduate artists find new ways of exhibiting during lockdown

Graduate artists find new ways of exhibiting during lockdown

Led by arts organisation, ’a space’ arts, Homemade Mango Chutney is a virtual exhibition of new work by graduate artists in Southampton.  Previously titled Mango Chutney, the exhibition was originally intended to showcase the work of ten artists who currently occupy studio spaces at the Alfred Arcade and the Hidden Wardrobe on Old Northam Road.
Southampton Woodcraft Folk continue online

Southampton Woodcraft Folk continue online

Southampton Woodcraft Folk has a group for young people aged six to nine (plus siblings) which normally meets one Saturday a month at the Hawthorns Centre on Southampton Common. The group began in October 2019 and is small but growing, and warmly welcomes new members.  The meetings at the Hawthorns have been suspended during the
Preview: Murder mystery online event

Preview: Murder mystery online event

Southampton events company Murderedformoney has gone online. They are offering online seven day comedy crime challenges to be solved from the comfort of your sofa. Their next event, Death by Diamond, launches on Tuesday, May 5, offering seven days of comedy chaos and murderous mayhem. Smoothgreens golf course diamond club are hosting a charity fundraising
Preview: Turner Sims online event: Songs of Spanish Exile/A Hum About Mine Ears

Preview: Turner Sims online event: Songs of Spanish Exile/A Hum About Mine Ears

Southampton’s Turner Sims Concert Hall invites you to an online concert tomorrow – Friday, April 24, at 8pm. Harvey Brough, Clara Sanabras and the University of Southampton Voices have postponed their live event to Friday 4 December – BUT in place of their original date, they present a special online event to enjoy from the
Can you help the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund

Can you help the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund

by Sally Churchward. Almost £60,000 has been donated to the Southampton Coronavirus Response Fund since it was launched on Friday, but more funds are urgently needed to help fight the deadly disease. Researchers from the university are currently trialling an inhaled drug that could prevent worsening of COVID19 in those most at risk. Engineers and medical
Preview: Jane Eyre at Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Jane Eyre at Theatre Royal Winchester

A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets comes to Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 March. Adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre tells the thrilling story of an orphan girl and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely
International Women’s Day events in Southampton

International Women’s Day events in Southampton

With International Women’s Day taking place  on Sunday, March 8, a number of special events are taking place across Southampton. These include a Phenomenal Women event being held on Sunday at the Studio Theatre at NST Southampton. The event will feature a number of inspirational speakers: Sylvia Mac, a child burn survivor, campaigner and founder
Funding boost for group for young people in Weston, Southampton

Funding boost for group for young people in Weston, Southampton

YOUNG people from Southampton can attend a group to help them develop a positive attitude and approach to life thanks to new funding. Weston Church Youth Project (WCYP) has been given £5,000 from The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and will receive funds from The Co-op Community Fund for its Resilient Kids
Preview: Million Dollar Quartet at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: Million Dollar Quartet at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Cartherine Collins. Back by popular demand following huge success on Broadway and the West End, the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet comes to Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, from 10 – 14 March 2020.  This worldwide smash hit musical – inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis
Event: There is no Planet B, Southampton University

Event: There is no Planet B, Southampton University

by Chris Richards. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE CURRENT CONCERNS OVER COVID-19, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. If you have applied for tickets, you will receive an email directly. There is no Planet B Sat, 14 March 2020. 19:00 – 20:30. University of Southampton, Highfield Campus Ask the experts! An interactive panel will discuss the human
Southampton Seed Swap – what’s it all about?

Southampton Seed Swap – what’s it all about?

by Sally Churchward. Now in its 15th year, Southampton Seed Swap takes place on Sunday, March 1. But what’s it all about? Do you have to have seeds to trade, and what is the purpose of it? Southampton Seed Swap is a community seed swapping, gardening and environmental living event, aimed at helping to build
Southampton charity wins substantial National Lottery grant

Southampton charity wins substantial National Lottery grant

Friends of St. James’ Park has been awarded a five year grant from the National Lottery Funding. The Shirley-based charity has been recognised for its community enrichment. Friends of St. James’ Park is celebrating after being awarded the grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to continue their successful work with the community and their
Southampton’s aspace announces new chair of trustees

Southampton’s aspace announces new chair of trustees

Southampton based arts organisation ‘a space’ arts have just announced the appointment of Marilyn Scott as the new Chair of the board of Trustees. Marilyn has taken up the role alongside her work as Director of The Lightbox in Woking, which won the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award 2008.  Marilyn has just been
Preview: jazz nights at Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: jazz nights at Theatre Royal Winchester

Theatre Royal Winchester is looking forward to the roaring 20s again, with a host of intimate jazz nights, which will see talented singers and musicians performing in the venue’s stylish new Cafe Bar. The first event, which takes place on Thursday, 16 January, will see Jon Shenoy and Sam Dunn, a clarinet and guitar duo,
Preview: Lunatraktors & Foot/Long, The Art House, Southampton

Preview: Lunatraktors & Foot/Long, The Art House, Southampton

by Sally Churchward. A new year means a whole new season of fantastic performances at The Art House in Above Bar, Southampton. One of the upcoming gigs that staff and volunteers at the community venue are most excited about is Lunatraktors, coming to the intimate venue on February 8, with support from Foot / Long.
Generous Southampton shoppers donate trolley-fulls to food bank

Generous Southampton shoppers donate trolley-fulls to food bank

by Sally Churchward A collection for a Southampton food bank saw generous shoppers donate more than 18 crates of food to help those in need last week. One couple even donated an entire trolley full of food to the collection for Southampton City Mission, which was held on December 23. Meanwhile, cash donations from shoppers
BBC confirms that Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson debate will not be held in Southampton

BBC confirms that Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson debate will not be held in Southampton

by Sally Churchward. The BBC has confirmed that the televised leaders’ debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson, which was scheduled to take place in Southampton tomorrow (December 6) has been moved to an undisclosed location. In a statement, they said: “The programme will no longer be held in Southampton because of operational reasons. We
Sponsor a tree of light this Christmas to help good neighbours charity

Sponsor a tree of light this Christmas to help good neighbours charity

You can sponsor a light on the Tree of Light in memory of a loved one or special cause this Christmas time. Good neighbours charity Communicare in Southampton, which aims to eradicate loneliness, are delighted that the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Peter Baillie, will be switching on their Tree of Light lights this year. All
Video of Southampton binman goes viral after Jeremy Corbyn tweets it

Video of Southampton binman goes viral after Jeremy Corbyn tweets it

by Sally Churchward. A video of Southampton binman Simon Cotton has gone viral after it was shared on social media by Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell earlier today (December 2). Within an hour of being shared by the Labour Party leader, views of the video had shot up to more than 300,000. The
Preview: Dick Whittington at Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Dick Whittington at Theatre Royal Winchester

by Chris Richards. The Christmas season is not complete without a pantomime so why not choose Dick Whittington at The Theatre Royal Winchester? Dick Whittington comes from the same team behind last year’s Beauty and the Beast – writer and director James Barry and composer Simon Slater – who were this year nominated for the
Breaking – Southampton BBC Leaders Debate believed to be moving to Maidstone

Breaking – Southampton BBC Leaders Debate believed to be moving to Maidstone

Breaking News… In-Common has received information that the leader’s debate scheduled to take place in Southampton on December 6 will no longer be happening. Instead the event, set to be televised live by the BBC, which would have seen Boris Johnson go head-to-head with Jeremy Corbyn in Southampton, where Labour Party Candidate Alan Whitehead is
God’s House Tower grand opening season

God’s House Tower grand opening season

by Catherine Collins. God’s House Tower – the historic gateway into Southampton’s Old Town – has announced a packed calendar of events for its grand opening season. Travel back through 700 years of medieval history, from its creation as a gun tower and strategic point of defence to its days as one of England’s most
Preview: The Commitments at Mayflower Theatre

Preview: The Commitments at Mayflower Theatre

by Catherine Collins. More than 30 years since The Commitments first burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel, the world’s hardest working and most explosive soul band are set for the Mayflower Theatre stage from 8 to 13 February 2021.  The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working-class music fan,
Preview: The Red Shoes, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Preview: The Red Shoes, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. Matthew Bourne’s double Olivier award-winning, smash hit production of The Red Shoes returns to Mayflower Theatre from 24 to 28 March, 2020. A sell-out before its world premiere season opened in 2016, this triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns , having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and
Children’s half term singing workshop in Winchester

Children’s half term singing workshop in Winchester

Children and teenagers are being given the opportunity to sing on Theatre Royal Winchester’s beautiful stage, during the half term holiday later this month. On Wednesday 30 October, youngsters aged eight to 18 can take part in a workshop called Sing It! In a Day. Held at the theatre, they will spend the day rehearsing
Jonathan Pie and more at LeftFest

Jonathan Pie and more at LeftFest

by Catherine Collins. Following last year’s tremendously successful LeftFest event, Southampton will again celebrate left, progressive and environmental activism in the Southampton area – and this year it promises to be the best yet. LeftFest takes place between midday and 5pm on Saturday 19 October at the 1865 Club in Brunswick Square and will include
Pop up vegan cafe coming to October Books

Pop up vegan cafe coming to October Books

by Sally Churchward. Monday, October 14, will see the launch of a new pop up vegan cafe in Portswood, Southampton Veg Out community vegan cafe will open its doors at 10am in the community room at October Books on Portswood’s high street. As well as spreading a vegan and environmental message, the cafe will provide
Jeremy Corbyn coming to Southampton tomorrow

Jeremy Corbyn coming to Southampton tomorrow

by Sally Churchward. The leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, will be addressing a rally of Labour Party members at an undisclosed venue in Southampton tomorrow (October 9). The leader of the opposition will be speaking to members about Labour’s plans to help build Britain for the many and end Boris Johnson’s ‘destructive’ Conservative
Preview: band of Gold at the Mayflower Theatre

Preview: band of Gold at the Mayflower Theatre

by Catherine Collins. Band of Gold was the ground-breaking crime drama that captivated over 15 million viewers each week when it aired on ITV and it’s coming to the Mayflower Theatre stage from 4-8 February 2020.Following the huge, sell-out success of Fat Friends the Musical, Kay Mellor makes a triumphant return in the world premiere stage production of her
Teachers invited to education forum at Theatre Royal Winchester

Teachers invited to education forum at Theatre Royal Winchester

Playmakers – Play to the Crowd’s creative learning and community engagement team – are inviting teachers to an education forum to give them the chance to discuss how the charity can support local schools’ arts activities. The event – which will take place at Theatre Royal Winchester on Thursday 10 October, from 5.30pm – 7pm
SO:Linked service launches in Southampton

SO:Linked service launches in Southampton

To help people navigate around the many activities across the city and to support the endeavours of organisations and groups of all sizes, Southampton City Council and Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group has funded a new service – SO:Linked. The service will be delivered by community navigators and community development workers through an integrated partnership led
World Mental Health Day social run

World Mental Health Day social run

National running group Cool Runnings UK is inviting people in Southampton to join a social run in celebration of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10. One of the aims of the run is to highlight how exercise can help relieve stress and lift out mental health. There is no need to book onto
Foodie Fortnight

Foodie Fortnight

Celebrated as ‘the gateway to the world,’ Southampton used to be known as somewhere you pass through, thanks to its famous cruise industry and commercial dockyards. But times have changed, and now it is a destination in its own right, thanks, in part, to its thriving leisure scene. There has been a lot of redevelopment
Curtains at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Curtains at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. The musical mystery comedy is heading for Southampton. Jason Manford will head to Mayflower Theatre in the hilarious whodunit, Curtains, from 7 to 11 April, 2020. From the Tony Award-winning creators of Cabaret and Chicago, the production tells the story of Jessica Cranshaw, star of the new Broadway-bound musical Robbin Hood, who has been
Macmillan Coffee Morning at Adjustamatic Beds, Southampton

Macmillan Coffee Morning at Adjustamatic Beds, Southampton

by Chris Richards. The last weekend in September is becoming known as the weekend of Macmillan Coffee Mornings and Adjustamatic Beds on Winchester Road went the extra mile On Friday, 27th September. Local representatives of Communicare Southampton, Carers in Southampton, Friends of St James Park, Action on Hearing Loss and Marek from Physio Soton came
Preview: Vulvas In/Formation at The Railway

Preview: Vulvas In/Formation at The Railway

by Sally Churchward. Fanny, vulva, vagina, front bottom, frou-frou, chuff…the list goes on. There are a lot of words to describe women’s genitals but, says Emma Rees, one which actually describes the whole of the area is widely considered the most offensive word in the English language: c**t. Emma will be taking part in a
Preview: Tom Gates Live on Stage at the Mayflower, Southampton

Preview: Tom Gates Live on Stage at the Mayflower, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. From the producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of Tom Gates Live on Stage in a hilarious adventure that sends Tom’s world spinning!  And Southampton fans can catch up with him from October 18 – 20 2019 at Mayflower Theatre. Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this
Black History Month Southampton Launch

Black History Month Southampton Launch

Black History Month launched in Southampton today with a series of events set to take place,  celebrating the influence and contributions made by the black community over the years. The city formally recognised Black History Month 15 years ago – through the work of founding members, Don John and Jayanti Shah. It is now established
Preview: Mowtown the Musical at the Mayflower, Southampton

Preview: Mowtown the Musical at the Mayflower, Southampton

by Catherine Collins. The sensational West End hit, Motown the Musical, is bringing its toe-tapping sounds to the stage at Mayflower Theatre next week. It’s the thrilling tale of Berry Gordy – the man who broke barriers and fought against the odds to create something more than just a record label. Discover the story behind
Southampton Health Cycle/City Walk and Wheel

Southampton Health Cycle/City Walk and Wheel

Getting to health appointments can cause a lot of stress. Hospitals and GP surgeries have limited parking, while bus services can be mixed or non-existent. At the same time, Southampton City Council is keen to see more people walk, cycle and use other healthy modes of active travel. By adopting non-polluting forms of transport, exposure
Preview: Music in the City, Southampton

Preview: Music in the City, Southampton

by Catherine Collins and Lewis MacLean. Southampton is set to come alive with the biggest and best free music event returning to the city this weekend. Music in the City is back with more than 170 acts performing in 22 unique venues, including the historic God’s House Tower, King John’s Palace and Lankester Vault –
St James’ Park dog show and family fun day

St James’ Park dog show and family fun day

St. James’ Park, SO15 5SD.  Sunday 22 September 10.30am-3pm For the 5th year in a row, St. James’ Park is holding its annual dog show and family fun day. Taking place at the park in Shirley, Southampton on Sunday, September 22, the event will see a record number of stalls, in addition to a whole
Waves and Forms, a keynote exhibition by Haroon Mirza at John Hansard Gallery

Waves and Forms, a keynote exhibition by Haroon Mirza at John Hansard Gallery

The next exhibition to come to John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton,will be Waves and Forms, a keynote exhibition by Haroon Mirza. Running from October 19 to January 11, the exhibition highlights the artist’s ongoing exploration of waveforms: how they are perceived, the emotional and physical responses they create and the various