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The art of crafts is being celebrated during Makers’ Month at Norwich’s The Forum. Arts correspondent Emma Knights looks at 10 highlights from the festival.

The former chief of Iceland, Wickes and Booker is set to launch a new review into the state of the high street.

From an elaborate enchanted wood full of knitted unicorns, trolls and fairies to a wonderful woollen sculpture of the Queen, an array of colourful craft creations are being put in the spotlight at The Forum in Norwich.

East Anglia is as attractive to readers as it is to writers, with a busy calendar of literary events, many drawing in big name authors and guest speakers. Here’s our pick of this year’s events.

Some Latitude Festival favourites are returning to Henham Park this year. We spoke to Gus Unger-Hamilton of alt-J and Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai.

There is something for all ages – toddlers to teenagers — on the stage in Norfolk and beyond this February half-term. Simon Parkin highlights shows, from fairytales to puppet shows, which offer the perfect family treat.

Travels in Light will see Voice Project Choir performing at three very different churches in Norwich’s Princes Street. Renowned for bringing to life iconic local landmarks, their latest project is designed to brighten up the dark January winter night.

Top chef Angela Hartnett was right. In this country we don’t really care enough about the quality of what we’re eating, says Andy Newman.

For some Sunderland fans, it is a prize that will bring back many bitter memories of the infamous Milk Cup final.

New Conservative chairman and Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis has hailed an influx of “new talent” after the prime minister’s reshuffle.

If one of your resolutions for the New Year was to kickstart an exercise regime, but the thought of soullessly plodding away the miles on a treadmill next to someone doing the same fills you with dread, Mark Edwards has some ideas that put the fun back into fitness in 2018

New car sales fell by around 5.6% last year amid falling business and consumer confidence, according to the motor industry’s trade association.

Labour MP Clive Lewis has spoken of the mental anguish he suffered after when accused of groping a woman, claiming it made him think about quitting politics.

Folk legends Blowzabella celebrate 40 years, Portico Quartet perform their latest album, The Young’uns tell The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff and there is a return of international stars Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

A fashion historian who used to scour charity shops in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth for hidden gems is set to make her television presenting debut.

It has been a quarter of a century since a hapless sports reporter from BBC Radio 4’s On the Hour was given his own radio chat show by the BBC.

Prince Harry has said his fiancée Meghan Markle had a “fantastic” time with the Queen and his family over Christmas.

From Phileas Fogg’s journey Around the World in 80 Days to Peppa Pig and Shrek and a show packed with disgusting songs for revolting children, there is plenty to take to family to in the coming year.

Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran is storming the charts on both sides of the Atlantic – thanks to his collaboration with US star Beyoncé.

Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’ promises a specially selected seasonal repertoire and a “slightly unhinged” approach to the family friendly festive show from show headed by musician who grew up on the Norfolk folk scene.

Meadowlark will be performing at The Owl Sanctuary on Timber Hill in Norwich with support from fellow electronic songstress Heydra Lema on December 2, 2017.

Former Norfolk Britain’s Got Talent finalist Sam Kelly has gone on to carved out a niche as an acclaimed folk performer. Now his band Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys are bringing their new album for a hometown gig in Norwich.

Sub Focus is headlining The Nick Rayns LCR on December 8 with support from Breakag, Kideko, Deep Trouble and GotSome.

Grab your leg warmers and get ready to get into the groove.

Get Inuit took to the stage on October 13 as part of the Norwich Sound and Vision Festival.

A geeky songstress, a stand-up mathematician and experiments maestro make up Festival of the Spoken Nerd, a trio who find the funny side of science. As they bring their latest show, You Can’t Polish A Nerd, to Norwich Science Festival, we find out more.

Freeman of Barnsley, inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker, Mercury Prize nominee and darling of British folk, Kate Rusby is celebrating 25 years on the road with an intimate evening of stories and songs in Norwich.

Energy regulator Ofgem is to extend its prepayment price cap to one million more vulnerable households this winter, saving them £120 a year.

Local people were treated to fascinating insights from some renowned guest speakers as Lowestoft Library held its fifth Literary Festival.

A new series being broadcast (streamed) on Netflix (whatever that might be) follows comedian Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael, as they holiday in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

A Suffolk home-grown beans firm has scooped a prestigious national award.

Thousands of people are set to become a part of East Anglia’s biggest Halloween music festival as it returns for its third year.

In his weekly cricket column, Don Topley discusses the enjoyment of radio commentary

Barry Cryer has written jokes for a who’s who of comedy greats but he is also a performer. This weekend he is back at Norwich Playhouse with partner at the piano Colin Sell.

A well-known concert band established over 50 years ago is set to hold their annual concert in Wells to raise money for the RNLI.

His song Human became an overnight global hit and proved its pays not to take golden voiced singer Rag’n’Bone Man at face value. As he prepares to come to Norfolk’s Sundown festival, he tells us more about an amazing 12 months.

A 3D scale model copy of the West Runton Mammoth - one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries ever made in Norfolk - could be heading home to where the remarkable skeleton was found.

Reepham Summer Music Festival celebrates its 10-year milestone this weekend and promises to be another diverse musical extravaganza.

The comedy festival returns to Chapelfield Gardens for four nights of stand-up featuring big names, old favourites and upcoming stars. Prepare to split your sides.

King’s Lynn Festival got off on a high note with a live outdoor performance from a range of musical acts at the weekend.

King’s Lynn will come alive with the sound of the music from some of the biggest TV shows, films, theatre and the classics.

Budding young wordsmiths from four north Norfolk primary schools had a chance to share the stage with two top poets, at an inter-school poetry slam held at Sheringham Little Theatre to celebrate the end of a three-month project run by children’s arts organisation Falcon.

Having never knowingly passed up the chance to name drop, I feel I must mention that when I was school librarian, supervising private study periods, the author and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science, Adam Rutherford, was one of my sixth-formers.

A BBC Faces of Comedy photography exhibition opens at the Forum in Norwich tomorrow (Saturday, July 1). Here are some of the funny men, women and shows featured.

A retro 1980s festival is boosting Norwich’s profile as a city of live music.

A majority of Tory members believe Theresa May should resign as prime minister, according to a snap survey by the ConservativeHome website.

Witnesses have described seeing a speeding vehicle veer into crowds on London Bridge and people being stabbed in Borough Market, as police respond to incidents in the capital.

Violin-paying brothers Vladimir and Anton Jablokov who are exciting the music world with their dazzling performances will be guests of the BBC Concert Orchestra at a recording of Friday Night is Music Night during King’s Lynn Festival.

A Norfolk hospital team received a special thank you on national radio from the widow of a former patient.

Author Jon McGregor is among the writers taking to the stage for Norfolk and Norwich Festival’s City of Literature Weekend.

Andrew Burton, from Writers’ Centre Norwich, talks to him about his latest book, Reservoir 13.

People can enjoy music from around the world and across the spectrum at this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

A Norwich-based storytelling project that puts the spotlight on ordinary people and encourages them to share their true stories on stage is celebrating its first birthday this weekend.

New mothers with serious mental health problems will be able to receive specialist inpatient help closer to home as the region’s first dedicated mother and baby unit is set to open.

Suffolk chart-topper Ed Sheeran has shot to number 12 on this year’s Sunday Times’ Young Rich List.

A popular performer will make a welcome return to the Marina Theatre – almost ten years to the day since his last appearance in Lowestoft.

All the fun of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival is set to begin next week with a jam-packed programme full of circus, performance, music, literature and more.

Many people love going to the cinema.

This summer East Anglia offers a plethora of music events covering a wide range of genres. Whether you like to boogie to Bananarama, clap along to Mumford and Sons, be swept away by classical tones, or prefer the blues vibe of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, there is more than enough variety to suit the discerning music-lovers in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Here’s our pick of the best...

Festival box office opening

Thursday, April 20, 2017

King’s Lynn Festival organisers expect a rush to buy tickets for more than 30 events which make up this summer’s festival when general booking opens at Lynn Corn Exchange box office on Monday.

As the Labour party prepares its manifesto for the snap election shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said he will look to slap higher taxes on big companies and “rich” people earning over £70,000.

Opinion: Prince Harry was right to speak out on mental health, says Rachel Moore. But we need to make sure services are in place for everyone - especially our young people.

A star jockey of a different kind is riding into Great Yarmouth Racecourse this summer – with a stable full of classic dance tunes.

Christians from across the region are celebrating Easter Sunday with services taking place at a variety of locations.

Thetford’s very own Franko Fraize has released a video for his latest track as the rapper hopes to build on last year’s success.

The Princess Royal’s recent comments in favour of genetically modified crops are completely polarised from her brother, the Prince of Wales’ standing on the concept. So what is the future of farming? And what does it mean for consumers?

Opinion: Rachel Moore hails the Apostrophiser, the ‘Banksy of punctuation’.

Shakin’ Stevens knew very little about his large family’s history. A serious heart attack in 2010 inspired the singer, heading to the Ipswich Regent and Norwich Theatre Royal, to change that.

Comedian and panel-show regular Ó Briain is among the latest acts to be announced for this year’s Latitude Festival.

From Take That playing two dates at Norwich City Football Club to Tom Jones performing at Holkham Hall in north Norfolk - our region looks set to enjoy a great summer of outdoor music this year and a major profile boost on the national stage.

Dozens of the country’s top music acts will be descending on Norfolk this spring and summer. Here Molly Willis picks out her top tips for gigs in the county.

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