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International book industry excellence recognised at the London Book Fair

Seven international young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for pioneering digital publishing award. The winner will be announced at the International Book Industry Excellence Awards on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, as part of the London Book Fair.

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Poppies to create living stage for WWI event: 100: The Day Our World Changed

The award-winning Lost Gardens of Heligan, with Wildworks Theatre Company, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to sow one of the first living stages made of poppies to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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Walk on the Wildside for Blissfields Festival 2014 line up

Legend has it – well, a press release – that festival co-founder Melanie Bliss woke up in the wee small hours of a July morning, just after Blissfields 2013, with a vision of drag queens and animals running wild, as an earthy bass-line trembled amid the trees of the festival, an echoing whisper, a chorus of “do de-do, de-do, du, de do-doo …”.

And so the theme for Blissfields 2014, Walk on the Wildside, was born, ‘made all the more poignant by the recent passing of Lou Reed, 2014 will be a celebration of living life to the fullest, to look at the world with innocence and a sense of excitement’.

The whole idea is to leave your inhibitions at the door and explore the side of yourself that doesn’t usually run free. (There’s even talk of ‘finding your spirit animal, your Patronus, and pace with them hand in hand, momentarily to explore, and be as one with the world and it’s nature’.)

All this is all very well, but what about the music, you may ask. Fear ye not. The first wave of acts to be announced continues the Blissfields theme of showcasing great established and emerging talent.

2ManyDJs and Sleigh Bells, plus Hercules And Love Affair, Chloe Howl, Tune-Yards, Dan Croll, Snakehips, Luke Sital Singh, Nick Mulvey, and more are now also confirmed for the award-winning family-friendly event in Hampshire.

For the run-down so far, and for more on the new Fields Of Bliss Spa, plus to snap up your tickets, take that wild walk of yours over to the Blissfields site.

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