City Chickens |Theatre: The Pirate Project |Colour Me Beautiful | GR: Room by Emma Donoghue

Donna Freed finds a slice of the country in the heart of the city at Becky Shield’s allotment, and tries her hand at chicken wrangling…

We talk to The Pirate Project’s Chloé Déchery about female pirates past and present – cross-dressing, swash-buckling and ruthless. Lucy Foster’s imaginative new play creates a sisterhood across the centuries and asks us to bring a pirate-like fearlessness to our personal quests.

Colour Me Beautiful stylist Ciara O’Grady explains why certain colour combinations accentuate our best features and how to choose the best clothes to suit you. www.colormebeautiful.co.uk Contact Ciara at: m: 07980 297 696 e: cmb@ciaraogrady.co.uk

In this month’s A Gorgeous Read, we review Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’. At its heart is a moving study of parenting and child development; a young boy’s struggle to comprehend a new reality, and his mother’s loving use of storytelling and language to guide and protect him.
Hosted by Donna Freed, with Oldie Review of Books Editor Sonali Chapman and Helen Healy, previously of the Guardian.

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