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If the years seem to be ticking by without recognition, or you worry that you didn’t take the formal paths towards a career in art, there’s one man that will contradict the supposed routes to artistic renown. One of the most original artists of the 20th century, Alfred Wallis had no formal training. He took up painting in 1925 when he was over 70, as a distraction after his wife died. Working on salvaged fragments of wood and cardboard, Wallis was influenced by a life at sea. He painted what he knew best: sailing boats, luggers, brigantines – often struggling on rough seas. Wallis used to say he wasn’t a ‘real artist’ – yet his simple, life affirming and unpretentious paintings can now be seen in some of the most prestigious collections in the world. His work is a poignant reminder that there are no rules about who can make art or how it should be made. Now admirers get a superb opportunity to see an extensive selection of Wallis’s work – on tour in Norfolk for the first time, in the exhibition Works from the Kettle's Yard collection at the Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life, from 1 April - 8 September 2013. Te venue is open daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm. Adults £5.20 and cheaper rates for concessions. For more information, go to Image: Two boats with yellow sails and lighthouse. Alfred Wallis, c1930


Get ready for a breath-taking theatrical performance as China’s Shaolin Warriors bring their brand new show to Norwich Teatre Royal on 5 April at 7.30pm. Te Master Returns is a must-see energetic production featuring a variety of traditional weapons, a whole host of highly charged Kung Fu skills and Buddhist meditation techniques. Not for the faint- hearted, the thrill-seeking warriors perform a whole host of Kung Fu disciplines, which are devised by the official choreographer of the Opening Ceremony at the Beijing Olympics. One of the best- loved and longest-running musicals in theatrical history is coming to Norwich Teatre Royal. Te sensational stage spectacular Starlight Express runs from April 9-20 and promises to take the city by storm. Te futuristic tale of love and hope is a high-energy production, packed with stunning sets, an electrifying soundtrack and stunning roller-choreography created by the world-renowned Arlene Phillips. April ends with Northern Ballet’s Te Great Gatsby, a classic tale of love, obsession and style, which arrives in Norwich from 30 April – 4 May. Set on New York’s Long Island in the 1920s, it follows the friendship between Nick Caraway and his mysterious neighbour Jay Gatsby. As the two men get to know each other, Nick realises Gatsby’s image is more style than substance unlocking a tale of loneliness, obsession and tragedy.

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Norwich’s relationship with poetry, both its creation and its enjoyment as an artform has a really strong reputation. You only need glance at the poetry tents of literary-forward festivals – Latitude being the prime example – to see Norwich poetry circuit names scattered throughout the bill – usually with city favourite Luke Wright near the top. For initiation into the craft, or for further celebration if you’re a fan, you’d do well to check the Norwich Arts Centre calendar. Te aforementioned Mr Wright runs a monthly Stand Up Poetry Club, and this month welcomes Catherine Smith to Norwich on April 17th. She's a Forward Prize nominee, which is no surprise because the poetry is excellent – bursting with incredible images and neat turns of phrase. Her well- spoken demeanour belies an oeuvre of brilliantly filthy poems about sex and growing up. Support comes from Norwich's own poetry power couple Martin Figura and Helen Ivory and Luke Wright takes on hosting duties. For details of this and all the other NAC shows, go to


You cannot fail to be moved by the work of EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice), but while their stories are compelling, it’s action, not sympathy that the charity requires, and an initiative by Russell Baker, Lord of Little Moulton gives us the perfect opportunity to do our bit. Children with life- threatening conditions and their families will be benefitting from funds raised from a grand online Charity Auction. Since its launch to the Norfolk community in January, many offers of support have flooded in to ensure the auction is a huge success. Lord Baker, who recently completed the Palma half marathon in aid of EACH said “Te invaluable services provided by EACH can only be sustained by the support of the public, and the charity needs to raise in excess of £15,000 every day to maintain its services. Children weren't put on this earth to suffer and children are our future, which makes the work and valuable services EACH provide so very important.” Te auction which is live until midnight on May 31st 2013 can be found at www.each-charity- where a whole host of prizes for all pockets are up for grabs.

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