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1902. Drawing parallels with the Grenfell disaster, Hulme writes about how the mill owners escaped justice although nine people died. david.r.hulme@btinternet.com


Music Sandfest 2018 Glasgow Concert Halls, 18 March If you love the 1980s, then this Down’s syndrome fundraiser is for you. Billed as a celebrated mix of Scottish pop music, it has a house band featuring members of Aztec Camera, Del Amitri and Love & Money, plus appearances by The Bluebells, Altered Images’ Clare Grogan and Hipsway’s Grahame Skinner. All compered by comedian and actor Sanjeev Kohli. www.dsscotland.org.uk


Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Young Adult. Out now After a four-year break, Young Adult signals a return by Essex boy Sam Duckworth. Politicised as a teenager by spending the weekend on his own in the Leftfield after being dumped by his girlfriend at Glastonbury’s gates, he makes music as inspiring as it is moving. The album is a collection of 10 songs addressing social change. Sometimes experimental – folk, electronica, brass – and always engaging, it’s good to have him back. https://www. xtramilerecordings. com


Comedy Not Yet Suffragette Riverfront, Newport, 8 March Oxford Playhouse, 27 and 28 March Natalie Ann Cutler’s one-woman


Spotlight: a historic house Take a step back into Victoriana


Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and their servants lived at 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington in Victorian times … and it’s as if they still do. Bachelor son Roy kept the interior


largely unchanged until his death in 1946, when the property passed to


his sister Maud, who didn’t want it because she already had a large house elsewhere in the city. When Maud died, the house was


sold by her daughter, Anne, Countess of Rosse, to the GLC and leased to the Victorian Society. In 1980, it was opened to the public. Visitors take a genuine step back in


time into the splendour of a Victorian mansion house, with Japanese, Middle Eastern and Chinese objects and furniture, art, and original decorative schemes. The house has featured in films


(A Room With a View) and TV dramas (Arthur and George, Squares). It’s open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. www.culture24.org.uk/se000329


Book review Three decades of the complete journalist


Donald Trelford was the complete journalist: hard- working newshound, excellent writer, as he demonstrates in Shouting in the Streets: Adventures and Misadventures of a Fleet Street Survivor – as well as an editor who laid out his own front page. He is best remembered for editing the Observer for almost three decades, overcoming many obstacles (or owners). A Coventry grammar schoolboy,


he was attracted to upmarket celebrity. The index is packed with the great and the not so good. In 1980, owners ARCO wanted to


sell the paper to Tiny Rowland’s Lonrho, which had conflicting


financial and African interests. As NUJ FoC, I and chapel committee colleagues became deeply involved. My criticism of Trelford is he does not mention the role we played –first, by championing the interests of readers while achieving mass support for editorial safeguards. We also got the potential sale


referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. A condescending under-secretary dismissed us because the paper lost money. At a meeting with trade secretary John Biffen, I handed him a set of leaked accounts that showed it was profitable. Donald’s fascinating coverage of the demise of the old Fleet Street is


a must read for all journalists Jonathan Hunt www.bitebackpublishing.com


show is a mix of feminist theatre and stand-up comedy looking at how ‘not far’ women’s rights have come since winning the vote. Starting on the front lines of the First World War with Flora Sands – the only British woman to have officially served as a solider in that war – the show documents women’s struggles through the decades as they faced social stereotypes while trying to make their own way. The second act – Nigel Farage might want to look away now – touches on the issues of breastfeeding in public, the tampon tax, childbirth and


the gender pay gap before concluding with the true story of 17 women serving life in jail for having a miscarriage in El Salvador. www.entreprenher.co.uk


Festival St Patrick’s Festival (two events) Dublin, 15-19 March Cork 16-18 March Now in its 23rd year, the major international festival in Dublin is a showcase for Irish artistic talent and achievements. The theme this year – “Home” – has inspired a unique film project, and is expressed in street theatre, talks, walks, spoken word, literature, music and visual art. If you’d prefer something a little


more low key, try Cork’s St Patrick Festival, which promises a city brimming with music, food and all things Irish as it commemorates 100 years since women were granted suffrage rights in Ireland. www.stpatricksfestival.ie http:// corkstpatricksfestival.ie


The Laugharne Weekend West Wales, 6-8 April


Imagine being in the pub when all the coolest cult novelists, musicians, thinkers and controversialists turn up at the same time. That’s what it’s like to be at the Laugharne Weekend, a literary and arts festival in West Wales, whose musical director is former Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci member Richard James. Already announced are musicians


Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, comedian Adam Kay, singers Peggy Seeger and David Soul and – bizarrely – former England cricket captain Mike Brearley. www.thelaugharneweekend.com


Film


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Released on April 21 A film of a book (2008’s Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ best- selling historical novel) about a book of letters, this charming picture tells the tale of a spirited journalist forming an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey in the aftermath of the Second World War. Deciding to write a book about their war experiences, Juliet Ashton (Lily James) embarks on a path of self-discovery, coming across love, friendship and loss along the way www.thewayitwas.uk


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