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The Oldie comes to the Sandstone Ridge Festival

Cholmondeley Castle

The Oldie Literary Lunch comes to Cholmondeley Castle in May for one of the magazine's occasional forays into the shires.

For those who don't know the magazine, The Oldie is a monthly magazine written for older people "as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity", according to their website.

The magazine was launched in 1992 by Richard Ingrams, who for 22 years was the magazine's editor following 23 years in the same post at Private Eye.

In June 2014, Alexander Chancellor became the editor and when he died suddenly in 2017 Harry Mount took over editorship.

On Friday 17th May the Oldie Literary Lunch comes to Cholmondeley as part of the 3rd Sandstone Ridge Festival. Harry Mount, the Editor, will be joined on the platform by the authors, (pictured).

Giles Milton on D-Day: The Soldiers' Story
Sara Lodge on Inventing Edward Lear
Adrian Tinniswood on Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household

This event is SOLD OUT


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With the third Sandstone Ridge Festival less than two months away, it's time to have another look at the array of authors who will be coming to visit the festival.

The Literary Lunch at Cholmondeley Castle on Friday 17th May, which has been sponsored by The Oldie, has already sold out its 150 seats but there are still tickets available, but not many, for events at Beeston, Bunbury, Bolesworth, Cholmondeley, Malpas and Tattenhall

On Thursday 16th May the author of 'Waterways', Jasper Winn, will talk about his 1000 mile journey along Britain's canals, exploring their geography, wildlife, history and restoration for today's canal users.

The following afternoon at St Nicholas's Chapel, Cholmondeley, Stephen Anderton, The Times garden writer, and author of 'Lives of Great Gardeners' attempts to answer the question ' What Makes a Great Gardener?'

On the Saturday, there are the Malpas Writers group performing some of their work at the Horse and Jockey in Grindley Brook. Then the two young ladies who run Liverpool Locations will be talking about their experiences of films and TV series.

This is followed by four award winning writers from "Brookside"Talking about their times in the legendary soap.

The evening in Malpas concludes with hugely popular band, Brass Monkees in the Jubilee Hall.

And on the final day Paula Sells, who has spent a lifetime with horses, hunting, and working with Riding for the Disabled will explore ' The Tack Room' at Bolesworth Castle.

Tickets for all events online at The Sandstone Ridge Festival website or at Barlows in the High Street.


Merry Hell comes to Tattenhall

Friday 17th May

Merry Hell

Merry Hell will be coming to the Barbour Institute on Friday 17th May as part of the 2019 Sandstone Ridge Festival.

Founded in the North West, Merry Hell is an eight piece folk-rock band with a history and a pedigree.

In the past few years they have risen to become festival favourites with their first two albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike.

They have an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing, recorded work and busy schedule of live performances.

In the 2018 Folking Awards, Merry Hell won 'Best Band' and 'Best Live Act' awards.

Tickets have just become available and are sure to sell quickly.

Don't miss their visit

For more details and tickets, visit the festival website or from Barlows in the High Street.


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The Peter Wheeler Short Story Competition

The Peter Wheeler Short Story Competition is now in its 9th year, having started life at The Malpas Arts & Literary Festival in 2011 in memory of the broadcaster and writer, Peter Wheeler.

Why not enter a story this year?

Writing is for everybody, especially children in this iPad age as it encourages their use of English, stretches their vocabulary and inspires them to use their imaginations.

That also goes for adults too! The details of content and prizes are on the website
It's not too late!

Malpas Writers Group