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Berlin Bowie by Jo Stafford, part of the David Bowie: Scary Monsters and Super Creeps exhibition at the Abbeygate Cinema, staged by the Off The Press collective

David Bowie had many faces, many guises and many musical personalities – from Ziggy Stardust, to Aladdin Sane, to the pale-faced harlequin of Ashes to Ashes. And to mark the first anniversary of Bowie’s death Suffolk-based printmaking collective Off The Press have created a new exhibition which celebrates the diverse nature of Bowie’s talent.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Artist Lois Cordelia and musican Stefan Freedman.

A collective of creative Ipswich talents have come together to highlight the plight of refugees and inspire compassion for newcomers in this region.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Bella Singleton models one of the scarves in her collection for Tate Modern

It’s just 10 years since fashion designer Bella Singleton finished secondary school studies in Suffolk.

Friday, January 6, 2017
Col. Charles Halt (Retired) revisiting Rendlesham Forest last summer

“The Rendlesham Forest incident can truly be regarded as the ‘perfect storm’ of a UFO case”, explains former Ministry of Defence investigator Nick Pope in his introduction to a new book on the 36-year-old mystery.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Catherine Larner

Does The Grapes of Wrath do it for you? What about Catch 22?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson in The Girl on The Train

Who doesn’t savour the anticipation when you know a book you’d like is about to come out? Try these, suggests Steven Russell

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Mandie Holgate at the launch of her new book. Photo: Caroline Horne Suffolk Photography

We must ‘fight the fear’ to conquer our negative mindset, she says

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, 470.  Sailing World Cup, Hyeres, 27th April - 1st May 2016  British Sailing Team image. For further information please contact team.media@rya.org.uk. © Copyright British Sailing Team.

An Olympic medal-winner and a contemporary artist with links to the region, were among the inspirational people to receive New Year’s Honours, it has emerged.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Author Jeanette Hewitt with her Chernobyl-based crime novel released earlier in 2016. It's been quite a year....

Would you seek help from a former IRA gunman jailed for life for attempted murder? Felixstowe’s JM Hewitt did, for her book The Hunger Within

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Hartismere School art student Ollie with his work. Picture: Ruth Stanley

A pop-up art exhibition put together by a group of Suffolk students has been praised for transforming an empty shop with a “vast assortment of vibrant and engaging work”.

Monday, December 5, 2016
Gemma Biran's entry depicting the month of March in the Kesgrave Photography Competition

Inspired snappers in Kesgrave enjoyed the summer sun and braved the wintry weather to share their stills in the latest Kesgrave Photography Competition.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
England's Jonny Bairstow plays a shot on the third day of the second cricket test match against India in Visakhapatnam last month. Photo: AP/Aijaz Rahi

For a man who reckons he drifted into advertising and public relations without knowing much about it, Bob Cattell hasn’t done badly. We’d all be pretty chuffed to have altered course slightly and ended up selling more than 250,000 children’s books, wouldn’t we?

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Timoshenko: the ship's cat who could feel danger coming

Colchester raised £435,223 to buy a Second World War submarine. Why have we forgotten that? asks Steven Russell.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Joanne Penfold is donating 20% from the sale of her art at Framlingham Technology Centre to Lapwing Suffolk. Her son, Joe Watts, has benefitted greatly from Lapwing's work. 
L-R Sophy Jones of Lapwing, Joanne Penfold, Hugh Fraser.

A Suffolk artist is donating a fifth of proceeds from the sale of her latest work to a charity which helped her son return to education.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Elizabeth Woodcraft in the 1960s, ready for a wedding

David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, The Who... They were all on the bill in Chelmsford

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Approaching Storm, Western Ghana by Katherine Hamilton which forms part of her new exhibition Landscape Journeys Inside and Out 2013-2016 which is at the Chappel Galleries.

Katherine Hamilton is a landscape artist with a cinematic vision. She’s a world traveller who loves to soak up the cultural influences of the places she visits and transfer them onto her canvases.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Ipswich School has an incredible archive of original 
Edward Ardizzone prints and books.

Iconic artist and illustrator Edward Ardizzone is undergoing something of a revival and critical re-assessment at the moment. A new book detailing his eventful life and career has just been published and the London gallery House of Illustration is currently staging his first solo exhibition and major retrospective in 40 years.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Richard macRae, Carol Gant, simon Hallsworth and Ellie DeGory at St Clements Church, Ipswich they hope to turn into an Arts Centre

Deadline approaches for community cash bid

Monday, November 14, 2016
First Snow Suffolk, by Michael Sanders

Bustling cityscapes will be displayed alongside serene local street scenes during a gallery’s Christmas exhibition.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The winners of the Suffolk Young Poets Competition 2016 at The Cut in Halesworth. Back row: Hannah Chilver, Willow Butler, Mollie Shaw, Alastair Davis, Ryan Hicks, Charlie Button, Kat Finch (reading for Louisa Sadler); front row: Sam Claxton, Freya Ballantyne, Jay Owen. Photo: Peter Everard Smith.

Read the winning poems from pupils at Alde Valley High School, Suffolk One, Hollesley Primary, Orford Primary, All Saints Laxfield, Grundisburgh Primary and Springfield Junior School

Sunday, November 6, 2016
George Orwell and ever-present cigarette. Photo: The Orwell Archive, UCL Library Special Collections

There’s no doubt about it: George Orwell, famous for novels such as Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, pretty much despised Southwold. Mind you, he smelled badly – of BO and shag tobacco...

Sunday, November 6, 2016
'It’s not twee or pretty in the way that some other counties are. You have to work a little harder in Suffolk; it requires a deeper engagement,' says Fiona Melrose

‘I wore velvet shoes, spent long nights in cocktail bars...’ But then city girl Fiona Melrose lost her heart to eerie rural Suffolk

Saturday, November 5, 2016
The Rev Richard Coles is a big dachshund fan. He and David have four

The former pop chart-topper turned vicar − in Southwold this week − tells STEVEN RUSSELL why he’s drawn to The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Saturday, October 29, 2016
�Walkies!� The owls� exercise walk to the riverbank tree, one on each (protected) shoulder.

They lived in his boarding-school bedroom! These days, the inspectors might have something to say about that...

Friday, October 28, 2016

A writer of breathtaking true stories, with a gift for unearthing seldom-told tales of wartime courage, could soon be seeing another of his books played out on the big screen – little more than a year after Hollywood first came calling.

Monday, October 24, 2016
A Suffolk writer in Cambridge. 'It’s good to be able to show there’s a whole community doing this – it is a real thing; not just this dreamy, ethereal pastime,' says Rebecca Watts

Rebecca Watts isn’t a great fan of surprises, but one the other day will be remembered fondly for all the right reasons. Boyfriend James was behind the wheeze at a pub – commissioning a huge cake designed to look like her debut poetry book.

Monday, October 24, 2016
The first weekend in November will still mean poetry, fish and chips on the beach and chinwags in the pubs, thanks to volunteers who have rallied round and are staging the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival. Photo: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The enthusiasts who refused to let the seaside fall silent after cash-strapped Aldeburgh Poetry Festival went into hibernation

Sunday, October 23, 2016
David Gridley at Rayne. 'Railways are all about people, really. As someone said to me recently,

It’s an 18-mile time-tunnel – a stretch where trains once ran and rural stations were often places of hustle and bustle. Then it fell quiet. 


Sunday, October 23, 2016
Nancy Blackett in sail on the River Orwell. The sailing cutter was restored by Michael Rines, of Maritime Woodbridge, who is well-versed on Arthur Ransome's connection with the Suffolk coast

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boats and adventure - many of which were set in Suffolk - changed the course of children’s literature.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Ron Harris outside the first home he shared with his wife, Nina, at Shingle Street before the Second World War. Photo supplied for Life on the Edge by the Harris family.

It’s a place with tragedy and mystery in its past – but as many stories of resilient determination to build a community amid its wild and isolated environment.

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