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International Womens Day article in the paper

Nice to see your name in the paper – this was the article in the Burton Mail last week:

BURTON Library is to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day with songs, drama, craft and speeches.

Centred on the theme ‘Women in the Arts’, the events will be held at the centre on Tuesday, March 8.

Nottingham singer and actress Mellonie Page will start the celebrations by running a singing and drama workshop from 9am until noon.


Burton author and illustrator Kate Slater will then hold a similar event focussed on paper crafts and collage from 1pm to 3pm.
Tickets for the workshops are £3 each and advanced booking is advised as places are limited.

Mariama Tushermiriiwe, a Derby-based designer who trained at the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins College, will be among the guest speakers during the evening.

She creates hand-crafted items from reused, recycled fabrics and fibres and her work is available to buy online and countrywide.

Another performer will be Jackie Adshead, an artist who works with acrylics, oils and watercolours.

She has been acclaimed for her work as an erotic artist and is a member of the Guild of Erotic Artists.

Her work has been exhibited at the library as a solo artist and sold worldwide.


Ms Adshead, who lives near Ashby, said: “I’m very proud to be asked to take part because it’s International Women’s Day.


“It’s a wonderful opportunity for me as a woman artist to talk to other people there, male or female.

“If I can inspire anybody with the way I do my art, that would be great. It’s going to be an interesting evening.” Author Janet Bennett will discuss her three books on Burton’s Caribbean community as well as a recent exhibition with photographer Martin Naidu called ‘Community Clicks’, due to be published this year in book form.

She jokingly describes herself as ‘a writer who tolerates photographers’.


Burton singer Hayley Di Rito, a former Mail employee, will end the evening by talking about her life as a film make-up artist — she worked on ‘Robin Hood’, starring Russell Crowe — and singer.

Miss Di Rito, who has performed throughout the Midlands and is a regular feature at The Dial in Station Street, Burton, will also perform a selection of her favourite songs with Blue Yates on acoustic guitar.

Tickets for the evening event, which will run from 7pm to 9.30pm, are £3.50 each, or £2.50 for those entitled to concessions.

Advanced booking is advised.

Bookings for all of the events can be made by telephoning 01283 239556.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.

Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous
    Mar 4, 2011

    Heya buddies, I am James, from Us. I thought i should really say hello to all people so that could more move with all your warm wishes…

  2. Jackie Adshead
    Mar 4, 2011

    Hi James – and hello!

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