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Creative Island with Anneka Rice

Georgia Newman
3, January 2024

Tune into BBC’s Radio 4 ‘Open Country’ with Anneka Rice this January, as she discovers the Isle of Wight’s creative charm, interviewing our very own Creative Island Director – Gavin Stride!

Anneka sets out to discover why the Island is one of the most creative places in the UK, famous for attracting poets, painters and photographers to its shores. 

From legendary names such as Tennyson, Keats and Dickens, to modern-day local artists, Anneka considers whether it’s the sense of remoteness from the mainland, the ever-changing coastal landscape, the sense of community or something less tangible that inspires so much creativity.

Anneka – a painter in her own right, speaks to creative individuals, all finding their muses and inspiration in the Island’s natural beauty and asks the question: ‘What makes the Isle of Wight one of the most creative places in the UK?’

Pictured top left to right: Anneka with Gioia Mingella Giddens and Gerry Price – The Coastal Gardener. Pictured bottom left to right: Anneka with Gavin Stride and Binnel Studios’ resident artists Celia Wilkinson and Brian Marriott.

Read more on On the Wight’s news page here.

Listen live by tuning into BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 4th Jan 2024, 3pm and online here.

The programme will be available online on BBC Sounds shortly after broadcast.

Images: BBC.

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