Month: September 2017

Survivalist and bushcraft expert Ray Mears swaps the wilderness for a Sussex theatre as part of his new tour

HE was born to go wild and Ray Mears epitomises the tough outdoor kind of guy who knows how to survive the wilderness. The survivalist and bushcraft expert, who lives in Sussex and runs his business Woodlore, The School of Wilderness Bushcraft, in Etchingham, has travelled to the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on the planet. His love for these places has led to him becoming a household name through TV series including Tracks, World of Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy with Ewan McGregor and The Real Heroes of Telemark. This autumn, Ray is planning on surviving...

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Emsworth pushes the boat out to celebrate its food heritage with a fortnight of foodie events

THE pretty West Sussex fishing town of Emsworth is celebrating British Food Fortnight with a flurry of foodie activities showcasing its producers, food shops and restaurants. Within its narrow streets are Georgian houses and walled gardens, and its quay holds the key to its history as a busy port that still has connections with oyster fishing and boat building. Traditional shipwrights and chandleries are still in business although it’s now a yachting town where local resident and writer PG Wodehouse lived and used local names for characters in his novels. Emsworth, near Chichester, is popular with nature lovers, with...

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The world’s first woman makeup artist and costumer in kathakali explains the magical world of the Indian dance drama as it comes to Brighton

THE story of the “kid from a council estate in Rochdale in Lancashire” becoming the world’s first female makeup artist and costumer in the Indian classical dance drama kathakali involves an incredible one-woman journey from Europe to India. Barbara Vijayakumar travelled on a donkey, a bike and the top of a lorry through Afghanistan, buses though Turkey and Iran, and via the Khyber Pass into Pakistan before arriving in India, where she accidentally got off a train at the wrong stop and later discovered kathakali. For the past 30 years, she has been bringing the colourful ancient South Indian...

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Listen to talks by four authors on how to live the dream and become a writer

FOUR acclaimed authors will give a series of public talks linked to its MA programme this academic year in the atmospheric state rooms at West Dean College. Among them is award-winning author Iain Sinclair, a chronicler of uncharted and often unloved parts of the UK who has written works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction including his 2017 book The Last London, and Bethan Roberts, whose first novel The Pools won a Jerwood/Arvon Young Writers’ Award and has taught Creative Writing at Chichester University. The other two writers are the novelist Isabel Ashdown, a creative writing tutor whose debut novel...

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A memoir by the sister of Hans Rausing reveals the impact of addiction on a family

IT was one of the most shocking news stories of the year. In the summer of 2012, a woman was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K Rausing, the son of Tetrapak heir Hans Rausing. Hans and Eva, an expat American who was born in Hong Kong and raised in England, had struggled with addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. They had met in rehab, fell in love, got married, had four children and then relapsed. The relapse lasted for 12 years. He survived, she did not. Her body...

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