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Hello everyone – and welcome to the first newsletter of 2021!

I do hope you are coping in this lockdown, and that books are still sustaining you a little through this resilience-building time we are experiencing.

The Bookcase is of course closed again for browsing – but open for business as in the previous lockdowns. If you would like to place an order please email me at this address – and you can either collect at the side door if you are happy to do so, or I am very happy to deliver (free of charge) if you are in the area. We can of course post to you too!

While we are closed I have furloughed all my lovely team, but I am here for part of every day during the week so do keep in touch! At the moment I am not here on Saturdays – depending on how long the restrictions last I will review how things are working and will send another newsletter if anything changes.

We are using this as planning time though so fear not – as soon as we are able to we will be putting on events again! In the meantime I am working on some more of the virtual events, but for now we are not allowed to film in the shop so other ways are being considered.

Usually at this time of year I send out reminders for the renewal of the Festival Friends scheme – but obviously that is not appropriate just at the moment. In it’s place I will soon be sending out details of a new Friends of The Bookcase subscription service, so I hope this might appeal to lots of you. It will be a more shop-focussed rather then events offer!

Many many thanks as always for the continuing support which I am constantly humbled by – you really are an amazing bunch of people and I will be forever grateful to you all.

More soon!

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Gate To Southwell Festival Will Bounce Back In September 2021

The long-awaited and hugely-anticipated 14th Gate To Southwell Festival is now set to take place in September 2021 at a beautiful new location in the nearby village of Kirklington (just outside Southwell).    

Having had to cancel the 2020 festival because of the Covid pandemic, the GTSF organisers are extremely confident that four days of folk, root and acoustic music from the UK and all over the world, will go ahead from Thursday September 2nd to Sunday September 5th

The first wave of acts have already been confirmed.  These include acclaimed ‘supergroup’ the Gigspanner Big Band (formed by Steeleye Span fiddler Peter Knight), the extraordinary Galician piper-led Anxo Lorenzo Band, award-winning folk duo The Breath (featuring the beautiful voice of BBC Folksinger of the Year Rioghnach Connolly), re-formed Bellowhead masterminds Spiers & Boden, “Renaissance Man of English folk” Chris Wood, multi-talented young Glaswegian roots band Imar, veteran folk guitar legend Wizz Jones, London-meets-Jamaica ska stars Maroon Town, fiery Madrid-based roots quartet Track Dogs and Scottish firebrands Talisk,  with many more artists to be announced. Family entertainment is also taking shape with crowd favourite Dan the Hat confirmed along with regulars such as Mark the Storyteller and Becky’s Baby Bops and Toddle Bops

“We know it’s been a tough year for everyone and we’ve all missed families and friends and getting together to enjoy live music,” said Festival Director Mike Kirrage.  “We just hope this exciting news about our festival in September 2021, at a beautiful rural location, will really lift everyone’s spirits.  We’ve already booked some excellent acts and now we’re really looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces who help out, perform or attend each year. So keep well and here’s to a bright, healthy and musical 2021.”   

After five years at Southwell Racecourse, the Kirklington festival site will be on farmland to the North West of Southwell with lakes, trees and plenty of green spaces.  There’ll be a lot more room for camping and, for the first time, well-behaved dogs will be welcome (at no extra cost) in the main arena as well as on the campsite.  There are lovely rural walks nearby and there’s the scenic Robin Hood Way which links Kirklington to Southwell and the wider area. A bus service will also connect Southwell with the new site. 

The organisers already acknowledge that they’ll have to adapt to the changing situation in 2021 and will be prepared for any Covid restrictions and regulations that remain in place next September.  But they’re confident that many key elements of a “normal” outdoor festival will be able to go ahead, including multiple music stages, dancing, food and drink stalls, children’s entertainment and workshops. 

Gate To Southwell Festival’s ability to bounce back from a very tough 2020, while many other events struggled financially, has been helped by grants from the Arts Council and Newark & Sherwood District Council. Thankfully the organisers cancelled early and were able to refund all ticket buyers and traders.   

“Rather than risk further problems in early June, we’ve decided next September would be a much safer date to stage the festival,” said Mike Kirrage.  “There may be rules limiting ticket sales, we’re already re-thinking the stages and layout, and we accept we may all still need to socially distance to some extent.  But the fun and the music will go on!   We are a member of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) who are providing resources and advice on all of this, so you can be assured we’ll have everything covered.”

Tickets are already on sale via the Gate To Southwell 2021 website – – and more artists will be added early in the New Year.

Nottingham Boys’ Choir

The boys continue to welcome invitations to sing at church services and weddings, and to join forces with other choral and instrumental groups in large scale performances.

We also sing for all kinds of occasions: private parties, receptions, awards ceremonies, conferences, conventions, festivals, christenings and funerals.

So if you would Nottingham Boys’ Choir to sing for you, please get in touch.

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