Author Archives: Lisa Caldwell

Herbarium at Lytes Cary Manor

It’s not every National Trust property that puts on a sculpture exhibition. So, it was a pleasure to visit  Lytes Cary Manor in Somerset and find Herbarium demanding a perusal. Curated by Yvonna Demczynska from Flow Gallery, London the sculptors … Continue reading

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Yinka Shonibare MBE at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Earlier this year When I read that the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was going to show works by Yinka Shonibare MBE I wasn’t that fussed. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was because I had never heard of Shonibare. Maybe it … Continue reading

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The art of the chainsaw

So, with the first (hopefully not last) lovely weather in May we went for a walk through the St Ives Estate in Bingley near Bradford. The seat of the Ferrand family until 1929 it is now a 550 acre country park … Continue reading

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The Olympic Road River

If you were watching the men and women’s Olympic cycling road race last weekend, you might have seen the long snake of white paint making its way up the road onto Box Hill. And, like me, maybe you thought that … Continue reading

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Die Walkure (The Valkyries)

I’m not a fan of opera. Why then did I spend nearly 6 hours (with two intervals, thankfully) watching Opera North at the Lowry Theatre in Salford last Saturday? It started with the lovely “summer” we had last year. Half way … Continue reading

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The loss of language and the language of loss

At the Hay Festival last week I listened to two poetry readings, one after the other. Both, coincidentally, talked about the loss of language. Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales, had also experienced the loss of language. Reading some … Continue reading

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A few wise words from the Hay Festival

This week I am lucky enough to be at the Hay Festival – a famous literary festival held at Hay-in-Wye just over the border in Powys, Wales. It has been a pretty rainy affair (I think they may have to … Continue reading

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