Port Eliot Festival

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 of music and literary guests including Beth Orton, Bo Bingen, Dawn French, Kim Gordon, Noel Fielding and Michael Morpurgo. Meanwhile, the Festival also has on offer a selection of other activities including canoeing, blacksmithing, film screenings, art and calligraphy events.

Virginia and Florence performed at the Port Eliot Festival in 2015 as part of the Caught By The River ensemble. They return once again as part of Caught By The River’s 2016 lineup and will once again be presenting a combination of spoken word and harp performances.
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Port Eliot Festival takes place 28th to 31st July 2016 at St. Germans, Cornwall.
More Details:
http://porteliotfestival.com
Tickets: https://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/buy_tickets_old/events/?id=10038674&wlid=6754;3

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Caught By The River Thames Update

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 for the event which unfortunately affects several artists appearing, including Virginia and Florence.

Anyone who has bought tickets to the festival to see Virginia and Florence is advised to contact the Caught By The River Thames team (an email update has also been issued to all ticket holders) to request a refund if required.

This cancellation does not affect Virginia and Florence’s appearance at the Port Eliot Festival on 28th to 31st July, which will be going ahead as previously scheduled. The Caught By The River Thames festival will continue as planned, but sadly without Virginia and Florence appearing.

The Ravishing Beauties Peel Session

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 recorded by an artist live in the BBC’s studios. This exposure often provided the first major national coverage for many bands that would later achieve great fame.

This marked The Ravishing Beauties only session for the John Peel show and featured Virginia Astley (Lead Vocals), Kate St. John (Backing Vocals, Cor Anglais, Oboe, Flute), Nicky Holland (Backing Vocals, Keyboards) and Ben Hoffnung (Percussion). The session was recorded on the 14th April 1982 and featured the following tracks:

Arctic Death
Futility
We Will Meet Them Again
No Need To Cry

Many of these tracks featured on Virginia’s debut release A Bao A Qu, although ‘Futility’ (adapted from the words of a Wilfred Own poem) later featured on Virginia’s 1983 album Promise Nothing.

New Welsh Writing Awards Longlist

New Welsh Writing Awards Longlist

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Virginia features on the longlist for the New Welsh Writing Awards 2016: University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing.
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New Welsh Review, in association with the University of South Wales and the CADCentre, has posted the longlist featuring nine travel nonfiction essays. Both new and established writers based in Wales, England and Ireland are in the running for the top prize including the award-winning travel writer John Harrison.

Virginia (who was also listed for the 2015 Awards), is listed for her work Keeping The River – Progressing via short trips from the source to the mouth of the Thames, the author and her companions in this book explore the mother-daughter dynamic, the folk meanings of ash, the dangers of weirs and the habits and pet hates of the resident lock-keeper.

Via http://www.newwelshwritingawards.com

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