Written by Hannah Dolan


The Weekend’s Top 5

Poems, craft and baby animals: Yes please weekend, says Hannah Dolan, yes please.

The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes
Where: Doon Street Car Park, London
When: All weekend (ends 3 September)
Cost: Various
OH MY GOD this looks amazing. Lego and DC already get big ticks from me but then any arsehole can build a thing, and shout, “IT’S BAAATMAAAAN” into your underwhelmed face.
Lego legend Nathan Sawaya doesn’t need to shout anything into your lovely faces. You’re going to stand gobsmacked at the level of awesomeness his new exhibition brings. Not only the talent in the making of each piece but the staging and the bang-on moody-ass lighting. Ugh, he’s so good.
Tell me more: here

Lambing at Llwyn yr Eos Farm
Where: St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff
When: All weekend (ends 31 March)
Cost: FREE
All museums should have a farm! Right now spring is springing, which is awesome because it also means BABY ANIMALS! I love animals, what I wouldn’t give to watch little woolly beasts come into this world.
All you need to do is get your animal-loving ass to Cardiff and hang around the lambing shed. If I do manage to visit I’ll be the one happy-crying, come say hi.
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What: Antiques, Rustic Home and Country Lifestyle Fair
Where: The Shire Hall, Howden
When: Saturday
Cost: FREE
This sounds bloody delightful but the term ‘rustic’ always has me unsure if it’s a positive thing. My house has started growing what we think are mushrooms at the top of our stairs… does that make our house rustic?
Either way, this fair has a shabbier vintage feel to it than most. With faded textiles and items from French flea markets among tons of other trinkets and furniture, this place will easily suck away your whole day. I just had to Google ‘Brocante’ so it’s going to be totally fancy.
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What: Made in the Middle: Contemporary Craft from around the Midlands
Where: Parkside Gallery, Birmingham
When: All weekend (ends 28 April)
Cost: FREE
As part of Birmingham’s Craftspace’s 30th anniversary programme, this exhibition celebrates the best ceramics, jewellery, metalwork and textiles artists in the region. An expert panel have selected each piece to promote the best in contemporary craft while also giving you to opportunity to purchase and commission work from your newly found fave artist.
Tell me more: here

Photo by Barry Lewis.

What: Teignmouth Poetry Festival
Where: Various locations, Teignmouth, Devon
When: All weekend
Cost: Various
Who has time for whole books? Not me, I’M BUSY. Poems are a whole other ballgame though, dead short most of them. You can get through a few every time you go to the toilet; can’t do that with novels unless you’re pretty constipated.
Poetry is good stuff, and hey, guess what? There’s only a poetry festival happening in Teignmouth with readings (and writings) and contests and all kinds of stuff. They’ve got a couple of workshops I like the look of as well, including one with Penelope Shuttle.
Tell me more: here


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Written by Hannah Dolan

Hannah Dolan is getting better at making eye contact but only just. She likes biscuits and knitwear, even in summer, and quietly sings to herself if she forgets where she is.