Bonfires and teetotal torture

This week: flame-coloured bonfire buys, cake and cocktails. Plus Britainy has a bone to pick with some of you. Listen up. You won't want to fall foul of her . . .

The ghosts of Rye . . .

With lights flickering in nooks and crannies and shadows lengthening along cobbled streets, the town's interesting history of smugglers and pirates lends itself to a ghostly tale or two. Here's a poem about grizzly goings-on in the citadel . . .

Solo composer to piano soloist

Alexander Chapman-Campbell started composing at 12, but always in secret - until his debut album, "Sketches of Light", launched him into the spotlight. On Saturday November 15 he will be performing his own music at Wittersham

Gallery is younger, edgier

The current exhibition at Rye Art Gallery, the first curated by new director Jane Venn, signals a change of direction towards an edgier gallery. Britainy Rae approves

Local poet at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is the grand setting for a reading of poems by Jonty Driver, who lives at Mill Corner, Northiam (Jane Nunn writes). The poems, entitled Requiem, will...

Then and now: what’s changed?

If you thought climate change and banks going bust were confined to the 21st century, you'd be wrong. The Rye Medieval Conference showed that our current ills are merely repeats of what happened many years ago

Couples: serve up a laugh on TV

"Come Dine With Me", the hit TV show, has a new twist: couples dishing up the dinners. And the organisers are looking for couples living in this area to take part - so, if you like turning out tasty titbits together, here's your chance for four minutes of fame

(Not so) strange acts at Lamb House

TIm Redfern talks to Patrick and Jacquetta Rogers, the current tenants of this magnificent National Trust property, about their busy year, filling the house and garden with visitors - and a BBC film crew - and of their plans for forthcoming events

Dames, dogs and dukes

Rehearsals are in full swing for the pantomime "Old Mother Hubbard", which will be performed at Rye Community Centre in late November. With star-crossed lovers, a dastardly duke and a host of comic characters, this wittily scripted production promises an evening of laughter, banter and "he's behind you"

Film club’s comedy treat

The title of the November feature at Rye Film Club is almost a short story in itself: The 100-year-old Man who Climbed out the...

Wow, what a show!

A gifted musician provided a lovely afternoon of entertainment for Wurlitzer fans last weekend writes Glen Twamley.

Didn’t we have fun . . . .

The party's over, a giant puppet slumps in the railway booking office, and after over 50 events the Arts Festival is done. . . . until next year. Art had a strong presence on the fringe events, 'freebies' included getting 'Brahms and Liszt' and learning to tango, and Rye's history got an airing as well as the arts with walks and tours. The schools played a bigger part, and those giant puppets were made by pupils - and will hopefully find a home to go to.

Mapp & Lucia quiz winners

The three winners of our EF Benson quiz are: Judith Gibson of Rye, Margaret Holman, also of Rye, and Colin Jenner of Hastings. All...

Remarkable world premiere quartet

The Piatti Quartet brought their week 'in residence' at the Arts Festival to a dramatic climax with the world premiere performance of Joseph Phibbs' string quartet in St Mary's Church in the last of a series of concerts and events featuring them, and in nearly the last event of the Festival itself. Alexander Stiller reports.

Ryers relish historic royal tale

Entertaining, thoughtful and humorous, this one man show about the court of George II, written and performed by AP Waxkirsh, deserves to be staged again writes Seana Lanigan

Proms at the pub to aid Macmillan

Puccini, Purcell and Cole Porter . . . the Rye Bay Ensemble has some very different gigs planned for autumn, starting on Saturday. Rebekah Gilbert, mezzo soprano, gives some details

Criminal’s Costner in Camber

Oscar winning actor Kevin Costner has been filming on the beach at Camber with fellow actors Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds. The trio have been staying at the George hotel in the High Street writes Tony McLaughlin.

Operatic triumph at the Milligan

The Art Festival's classical musical programme opened with the opera "La Traviata, which was a "triumph" for conductor/stage director Alisdair Kitchen and lead singer Icelandic soprano Rannveig Karadottir, reports reviewer Alexander Stiller.

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Spotlight on the Black Death

Up to 200 million people died and Europe was devastated over an eight-year period by the Black Death. It took a generation to recover from the pandemic, which features in Rye's fifth Medieval Conference in October at Rye College on "The Hazards of Life and Causes of Death in Late Medieval England". The conference is organised by Rye Museum and at least 60 academics and others interested in history are expected to attend.