Virginia as Writer-In-Residence at Hardy’s Cottage
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Virginia has been selected as writer-in-residence at Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in Dorset. Hardy’s literary works have always held a particular interest for Virginia. Her 1996 album Had I The Heavens was originally conceived as an album of songs inspired by … 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 putting the spoken word and music together … 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 of music and literary guests including Beth … 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 for the event which unfortunately affects several … 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 recorded by an artist live in the … Read More

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. New Welsh Review, in association with the University of South Wales and the CADCentre, has posted the longlist featuring nine … Read More

Virginia & Florence to perform at ‘Caught By The River Thames’
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Following on from their appearance at Caught By The River’s Bush Hall event in February, Virginia and Florence Astley will be returning to perform at Caught By The River Thames – a 2 day event taking place at Fulham Palace … Read More

Virginia & Florence Astley in performance this Sunday
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We’re proud to announce that the Virginia Astley Website is now relaunched! We hope you like the new look! More good news with the announcement that Virginia Astley and daughter Florence Astley will be performing as part of Caught By … Read More

Saturday Live Transcript
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1983 was an eventful year for Virginia, a year that mixed critical and commercial success with business frustration. The release of one single,two albums,soundtrack composing,session appearances,live concerts as well as trying to extricate herself from a recording contract kept Virginia … Read More

Virginia Astley Interview
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Can you tell us a little about what you’re currently working on? Well one thing I’m doing is listening to my father’s old music to put together a CD of instrumental music for EMI. So obviously it will have the … Read More

The Ravishing Beauties
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“We always had a running joke that men took over when you work with them, but I’m certainly not trying to prove any great feminist point” (VA, NME 10-9-83) “My first group, The Ravishing Beauties, was formed to promote Virginia … Read More

The A Bao A Qu Mystery
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In 1982, Virginia Astley released her first record, the mysteriously entitled A Bao A Qu. Critics and fans alike were equally baffled by this strange title. Even radio presenter John Walters likened the title to that of an anagram. It … Read More