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Web Exclusive: Extended interview with Sussex folk star Shirley Collins

55 years ago Shirley Collins began a career as a folk singer, touring and recording more than 20 albums.

But when she suffered a broken heart she lost the ability to sing - and had to stop performing altogether.

To bring up her family, she worked in a charity shop and even a job centre. But now, at the age of 81, she's back and appearing at the Brighton Festival. Andy Dickenson went to meet her.

Here's her full interview in a web exclusive.

Free folk festival for Poole

Spiers and Boden are the headline act for the festival Credit: Poole Tourism

People in Poole will have the chance to enjoy the music of leading folk artists as part of a free festival at Poole Quay.

'Folk on the Quay' will take place on the weekend of June 29-30th, where music will start from noon until 10pm on Saturday and finish at 7pm on Sunday.

The Quayside will host international and local folk acts, morris dancing and drumming workshops.

The festival was organised by Poole Tourism and event folk music organiser Paul Burke as well as receiving support from local businesses.

Bruce Grant-Braham, Chairman of the Poole Tourism Partnership, said: "We're really excited by this event. The programme looks amazing and will bring some great folk artists to Poole with a real variety of music and styles."

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