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Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:00

Cry to be Heard! by Steven Foyster

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On May 16, 1986, Steven Foyster jumped off the top of St Andrew's Car Park in Norwich, aiming to kill himself. Incredibly, he survived. This is the story of the long and hard road to recovery for his battered body and his fragile mental health. Steven's humour and resilience shines through his narrative, as he battles through enormous physical challenges and faces up to the demons that drove him off the car park roof. “All of life is here – and that includes death and eternity – so that contradictions become tenable paradoxes and darkness gives way to light. It may well make you weep but it will also make you smile or even laugh out loud.” Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor, University of East Anglia and Co-founder, the Norwich Centre.
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What were you doing in the 1960s? Janet Collingsworth was growing up in Norwich with her Mum and Dad and younger sister Wendy. In this delightful memoir enjoy the happy times spent with Grandparents in Corpusty exploring the village, learning about the natural world, popping into the village shops and post office, meeting village characters and a whole array of Great Aunts and Uncles, who were always good for half-a-crown or a bag of sweets. There are summer holiday adventures the length and breadth of Great Britain, days out to Yarmouth, picnics in Chapelfield Gardens, rounded off with chocolate misshapes from Caley Mackintosh, plus a memorable school trip to Belgium and the mysteries of the 11 Plus.
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 00:00

Lisa Redford - International Women's Day

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International Women’s Day is coming up on Monday 8th March and I was invited to be part of a really special and creative project to celebrate the day. I was among 30 women artists & community radio practitioners from all over the UK asked to contribute a short, original piece from home for Lightning Birds: A Game of Sonic Tag. This new, fast-paced collaboration brings together women’s voices from a partnership of 14 community radio stations across the country. The one hour programme works like a 'sonic tag', each woman responded to the previous short piece with their own original work, composed in a day, and then passed on their piece (whether it be music, poetry, spoken word) on to the next in the chain. Each artist only heard the…
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00

"Every Footstep" Harvest in Holt

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All Things Norfolk are delighted to be able to share with you a short documentary "Every Footstep" which has been made by George Parker and Ben Barter and follows Kees Jones, a young farmer from Holt, whose life has revolved around his third-generation family farm, during the harvest season of 2020. Over the summer months, George and Ben spent many hours following Kees, documenting the various processes involved in harvest. They wanted to capture the spirit of the farming life, and also pay tribute to the romance of Norfolk's natural surroundings. Primarily, the film is a portrayal of Kees; his life and his work, conveying that the two things are synonymous with one another. They found particular poignance in Kees’ passion for his job, demonstrating the great value that can…
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About twenty years ago I started creating music. Back then it was a lot different than it is today. You sat down wrote some words and hoped one of your musician friends could help you create your first song. After a friend introduced me to a computer program called Cubase and show me I could make music myself with limited musical knowledge there was no turning back. Over the following years technology has made making music easier and it is all possible without even going to a studio. With the birth of social media and YouTube getting heard became a lot easier and getting some nice feedback helped inspiration to continue. Now about 5 years ago a friend’s son asked if I could help him create a song and we…
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In her latest feature for All Things Norfolk, Lisa focuses on the exciting launch of her fundraising single in aid of Future Radio "This Fine City" about Norwich and how we're all coming together znd overcoming this tough time. "I began volunteering at Future Radio in 2018, regularly hosting the Afternoon Session and also briefly covering NR Sounds which showcases bands and artists from Norwich and the surrounding areas of Norfolk and North Suffolk. It has been so rewarding and enjoyable to be part of the station - certainly been a real buzz broadcasting live to listeners and sharing my passion for music" "I am particularly drawn to its fantastic specialist music programming covering a mix of various genres including soul/Motown, electronica, Americana, film and TV soundtracks, drum and bass,…
Thursday, 13 February 2020 00:00

Lisa Redford - Looking forward to Spring

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It has been a very busy and creative start to the year and I'm really looking forward to playing some lovely local gigs this month and throughout spring. These include some brand new live music nights that are happening in Norwich showcasing the wealth of talented local artists from Norfolk. Common People at OPEN Norwich ~ Friday February 21st My next gig is a really special one. As well as performing my own material, I love to perform many of my favourite songs from different genres. I'm looking forward to be playing an acoustic set at OPEN Norwich next weekend as part of a special 90's music charity night of Britpop, indie and dance from the team behind Common People. Expect some surprise 90's favourites in my set!
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 00:00

Lisa Redford - I Just Can't Forget

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It has been a little while since my last All Things Norfolk column. I had a really busy summer playing lots of festivals in the area and further afield. Here in Norfolk I really enjoyed performing at the first F-19 festival, a major new music festival in Feltwell at the stunning St Mary’s Church; all profits from the festival went towards the upkeep of this stunning medieval building. I was also part of a brilliant line-up for The Waterfront Sessions. It was an all day promoted by The Tilting Sky celebrating some of the regions finest country and Americana artists by the riverside at Norwich Waterfront and it really showcased the wealth of talent here. In July I also released a single Let Go - the second from my latest…
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With hot weather on the horizon, it’s time to get your Norfolk garden into shape. Bartram Mowers has compiled a list of the essential gardening equipment you need. With summer just around the corner, gardeners all over Norfolk are out in force pruning, planting and preparing ready for the sunny season. But is your garden up to scratch? Whether your lawn is in need of a bit of TLC or your hedge is due a makeover, fear not. In this blog post Bartram Mowers, who has provided garden machinery to customers in Norfolk and Suffolk since 1972, outline some of the must-have tools, parts and equipment you should add to your collection this summer.
Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

Lisa Redford- Festivals

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It has been a very busy and exciting time as my new EP Edge of Love - recorded and mastered in Norwich and featuring a whole host of local talent - is now released worldwide! I have been blown away by the wonderful airplay and reviews I have received including 4 stars in national music magazines Maverick and RnR. The title track also features on the excellent Un-Herd cover mount CD which comes with the May/June issue of RnR, in shops now. I have been interviewed for a few local glossy publications - including Norwich Resident Magazine, KL Magazine and Norfolk Magazine - as well as had airplay on BBC Radio Norfolk and Suffolk, most recently a live acoustic session for Drive Time on BBC Radio Suffolk with Stephen Foster.
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