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A platinum-selling household name with 33 hit singles and four number ones to his name, Shakin’ Stevens has a musical career spanning five decades. Here he talks to Kate Everett about his latest tour

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A month to remember at Firstsite

Monday, March 6, 2017

Colchester’s Firstsite gallery has not been without its critics, but this month is an excellent time to drop by and soak up some Essex culture, explains Janice Walker

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Essex on the big screen

Monday, February 20, 2017

From James Bond to Batman, Essex has been known to bask in a little Hollywood glitz. Sybilla Hart explores what it is that gives the county a creative edge that movie-goers love

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Strictly Stars come dancing in Essex

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stars of Strictly Come Dancing, Erin Boag and Anton Du Beke, bring the glitz and glamour of the dancefloor to Southend soon. Erin talks to Kate Everett about life after Strictly, her partnership with Anton and their forthcoming show

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Jim Davidson OBE is celebrating four decades in show business with his new stage play 40 Years On, which is showing at Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion this month.

Janice Walker finds out more

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Landscape Painter of the Year 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Are you inspired by our county’s bucolic beauties? Would you love to have a chance to show your work in a gallery? Then enter Essex Life’s new competition to find the Landscape Painter of the Year 2016

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Essex Life’s artist in residence, James Merriott, continues his watercolour tour of Essex with a look at some scenes once enjoyed by John constable, dusted with snow

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Forget everything you ever knew about Agatha Christie…

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Jeremy Hardy Speaks

Monday, October 31, 2016

Jeremy Hardy brings his one-man show to Chelmsford this month. Kate Everett caught up with the stand-up performer and BBC Radio 4 presenter who shows no signs of slowing down

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Resident artist James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of Essex, this time he has stopped off at Great Totham

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The National Trust’s Boat House Gallery in Flatford hosts award-winning photographer Justin Minns’ first solo exhibition, A Stone’s Throw, until June 26. Janice Walker finds out more about the man behind the lens

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The new exhibition Opposites Attract by artist Isabelle Beaubien is on until May 15

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Exhibiting your work for the first time is a nerve-wracking experience, but Laura Martin is taking it all in her stride as she shares her talent at the Loughton Art Centre this month

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Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office tells the story of Ingatestone and the Petre family which still owns the estate to this day

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Resident artist James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of Essex, this time he has stopped off at Little Burstead

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