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short story. The winner receives £15,000 and four further shortlisted authors receive £600 each. The panel of judges will be chaired by best-selling novelist Joanna Trollope and will also include writers Eimear McBride and Jon McGregor and
BBC Radio Books Editor Di Speirs. The Awards ceremony will take place on October 3.
Folk Opera: Barnsley-based composer Helen Madden is presenting two special performances next week of the Chinese fable
The Magic Paintbrush, which she has reimagined as a folk opera, in collaboration with pupils from five Barnsley schools. The production features professional actors, singers and musicians alongside children from Greenacre Special School, Barugh Green Primary, Gooseacre Primary Academy, Goldthorpe THEY ARE undoubtedly a band that divides opinion over whether their often throw-away punk rock embodies the true spirit of the genre.
But for anyone who can lay claim to a career spanning the past 30 years, you realise Green Day must be doing something right. And during a two-and-a-half hour set in Leeds, it was perfectly apparent that the Californian outfit appear to have rediscovered a youthful exuberance that belies the advent of middle age.
That may well be down to the recent events in their home nation, as Donald Trump’s election has certainly given singer Billy Joe Armstrong a target to vent his anger.
The crowd’s response to songs from the latest album, Revolution Radio, including the title track and Still Breathing showed this was not simply a night for nostalgia.
But the most emphatic responses were unsurprisingly for songs from yesteryear such as Basket Case, Minority and American Idiot.
The biggest smiles were, however, raised during a cover of Operation Ivy’s Knowledge, when a fan was brought on stage to play guitar. After congratulating him at the end of the song, Armstrong informed the fan that he could keep the guitar. The fan’s unbridled delight summed up the essence of what Green Day are about – a band that can make the world seem like a better place. Primary and Darton College.
The opera uses both traditional instrumentation and the ‘Bloom’ software app allowing those with complex disabilities to perform live music. Performances are at Dearne Playhouse in Rotherham on February 13 and at The Civic Barnsley on February 15.
Dance and storytelling: Local primary and secondary schools in Scarborough will be taking part in Indian dance and storytelling workshops at the Stephen Joseph Theatre next week. Halifax-based Annapurna Indian Dance run their dance days with the aim of achieving harmony and understanding between people of different cultures.
WINNER: Gary Clarke Company’s dance piece COALhas won two awards.