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  Talented singer–songwriter, musician, composer and poet Polly Jean aka ‘PJ’ Harvey is all about experiencing new things and pushing existing boundaries. Currently recording her ninth album at London’s historic Somerset House, to timed audiences, Harvey comments: ‘When you’re making music with other people in a space, you connect on a very primal level in … Continue readings

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  EDITOR’S CHOICE   The phenomenon that is Dolly Parton, playing Glastonbury 2014. A sight, I’m sure, many people never thought they would see. Amazing woman. You just have to grin. And sing.     See also: Dolly Parton, ‘The Not-so-invisible Woman’ … 100 great women in words’  

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    Captain Wentworth’s love letter to Anne Eliot, Persuasion – the most beautiful love letter in literature surely?   Even better than Darcy’s to Elizabeth…   I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, … Continue readings

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 EDITOR’S CHOICE   Performed by Miles Davis (trumpet); Milt ‘Bags’ Jackson (vibraharp); Thelonius Monk (piano); Percy Heath (bass); Kenny ‘Klook’ Clarke (drums). From a session originally recorded on December 24, 1954 (the ‘Christmas Session’). It was released on the album Bags’ Groove (Prestige Records; 1957 – although the rest of the album is made up … Continue readings

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      American poet Sylvia Plath discusses her poetry in 1962.                      

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  EDITOR’S CHOICE   Probably one of the most famous and celebrated speeches in certainly our recent history, ‘I have a dream…’ was the address made by the civil rights activist Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, at the March on Washington; Washington DC, 28 August 1963. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of the March, … Continue readings