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The English River due for publication
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Having established herself as an acclaimed writer, both for her poetry and her role as writer-in-residence at Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in Dorset, Virginia is now set to publish her first book-length collection this... Read More

Autumn days in Hardy Country
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To mark the end of her residency at Hardy’s Cottage in October, literary website Writing Places asked writer-in-residence Virginia Astley to consider contemporary rural life in her essay. “It’s another damp autumn morning... Read More

Poetry Writing Workshops
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Virginia Astley will be hosting a series of special poetry workshops taking place this summer at Kestle Barton Art Gallery, Cornwall. Virgina was Artist-in-Residence at Kestle Barton in 2010. She is interested in... Read More

Port Eliot Festival
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Virginia and Florence will be in performance at the forthcoming Port Eliot Festival which takes place 28th to 31st July 2016 at St. Germans, Cornwall. The Port Eliot Festival features a broad range... Read More

Caught By The River Thames Update
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Virginia and Florence’s planned performances at the Caught By The River Thames festival on 6th/7th August have had to be cancelled. There have been several changes to the schedule... Read More

The Ravishing Beauties Peel Session
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On this day in 1982, BBC Radio 1’s John Peel Show broadcast a session recorded with The Ravishing Beauties. The Peel Sessions, as they became to be known, usually consisted of four songs... Read More