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Category: my favourite places

My favourite places: photographer Snapshot Shirley

3 Oct 2016

I’ve been bumping into artist and photographer Emma Wilson, and Shirley – her converted Subaru Samba photo van at loads of events over the summer. The Falmouth Uni alumni works with vulnerable communities and noticed that her art therapy based makeshift videobooths were not only non-threatening environments for her clients, they were popular and fun too. From that seed, Shirley the photobooth van was born.  She certainly gets around a bit! You’ll find Shirley rocking up at parties, weddings, schools, colleges the length and breadth of our county, so I think she’s ultra qualified to guide us to some special spots.

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My favourite places: actor Tristan Sturrock

3 Sep 2016

Unless you’ve been thrown in Bodmin Assizes for wrecking the past few months, you won’t need reminding that Poldark returns to BBC 1 this weekend.  Turns out Tristan Sturrock, who plays Zacky Martin (that’s him above), grew up a mile from Muddy Cornwall HQ on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

You’ll know Tristan from theatre (most recently in a touring production of Rebecca) and telly’s Doc Martin, Wycliffe, Bad Girls plus loads of radio work – he’s in a radio 4 thriller at the mo that Mr MC and I have on podcast – and this week he’s back in Cornwall filming Season 3 of Poldark.

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My favourite places: author Lucy Diamond

12 Feb 2016


Romance novelist Lucy Diamond’s name isn’t really Lucy Diamond at all, it’s Sue Mongredien. Because she’s written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate, Lucy Diamond is her nom de plume. There is actually another Lucy Diamond who writes religious children’s books. That isn’t her, though.

This Lucy (Sue) has written bucket loads of women’s fiction. I didn’t know this, because I usually leave the chick-lit to my sister Lucy (not Sue).

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