Carol Ann Duffy to open second book festival

Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, and Helen Mort, Derbyshire Poet Laureate, will open the second Derby Book Festival next year it was announced yesterday. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed poetry… Continue reading

December issue is out this week

The December and January issue of artsbeat will be out tomorrow so get ready to pick up your copy. The new edition has features on illustrators Liz and Kate Pope aka The Pope Twins… Continue reading

New Year’s Eve Gala

Regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva will be staging  its annual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. The early evening concert on Dcember 31 transports the audience to the red… Continue reading

Tenth birthday for Shakespeare company

The year 1623 is one of the most significant in world culture as it was when the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays was published. He had died seven years earlier but two… Continue reading

Keith Wright, fine art photographer

At first glance you may think that this photograph by Keith Wright is out of this world – quite literally pictures of other planets in the solar system. But actually you couldn’t be… Continue reading

What the Dickens is going on at Tissington?

David Westcott Walker has become something of an expert on Charles Dickens this year. He has been living and breathing the author since taking on the challenge of transforming Tissington Hall into a… Continue reading

Caroline Appleyard, Artist

En plein air artists who traipse up mountains in all weathers in search of the perfect picture have got nothing on scuba diving Caroline Appleyard. She trumps them all by heading off below… Continue reading

Anniversary for Derby Choral Union

Any choir reaching its 150th anniversary would want to sing about it and the Derby Choral Union is no exception. It has just launched its new season with a celebratory dinner and announced… Continue reading

Author to read from latest novel

Author Andy Christopher Miller will be reading from his recently published book The Naples of England at an event in Wirksworth this month. Andy is a retired Professor of Educational Psychology who lives in… Continue reading

Ceramicist opens her studio

This month you have the chance to leave the traffic noise of Derby’s busy London Road behind you as you step into the oasis that is the home, garden and studio of ceramic… Continue reading

Review: Not Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Belper Players

Not Ibsen’s Peer Gynt is a cleverly conceived and deliciously different version of the play you may have seen in the past. Don’t think adaptation because this is drama, written and directed by… Continue reading

Steven McLoughlin, artist

Despite being born and brought up in landlocked Derbyshire it is the vast skies, sweeping dunes and crashing waves of the coast that inspire artist Steven McLoughlin. It was one of his paintings… Continue reading