Artistic events turn spotlight on beauty of the Stour Valley

Shining a light on the artistic heritage of the Stour Valley is the aim of a series of events next month.

It is part of the Managing a Masterpiece programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery to help people understand, conserve and celebrate the landscape.

One event will literally light up Sudbury and its surrounding countryside.

Sudbury Light Night on March 8 includes the projection of images on to St Peter’s and short films produced by local youngsters.

Lanterns will guide the way from Market Hill through the woods and Friars Meadow with light installations picking out details of the landscape.

Artists are invited to join in an exhibition – My Stour Valley – at St Peter’s, Sudbury, from March 1 to 13. Entry forms from with submissions by February 18.

New poems by the project’s poet, Dean Parkin, can be heard at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, on March 7 at 6pm. Winners of a competition whose poems are included in a new book will also be announced.

Talks, readings, films and music marking the 90th birthday of Suffolk writer Ronald Blythe take place at St James’ Church, Nayland, on March 9 from 11am. Tickets cost £10 from the Quay Theatre, Sudbury.