Brighton Festival 2017

This year's Brighton Festival - along with the accompanying Fringe, Open Houses and Great Escape events - promise to be the biggest yet with more acts than ever.

And with musician and poet Kate Tempest at the helm, there's a heady mix of entertainment to catch in the weeks ahead.

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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.

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