The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
Star critics cherry-pick some of the best on offer in the weeks to come
A Soldier's Song
Assembly Roxy, Roxburgh Place
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, A Soldier's Song is a true story of conflict told by a man who was there, bringing the battlefield to the stage in an extraordinary piece of theatre. Deeply disturbing and frightening at times, it utilises a pounding, multi-directional soundscape by Gina Hills.Adapted from his own book by Guy Masterson, Ken Lukowiak tells it like it was.
As Far As I Know
Assembly George Square, George Square, EH8 August 25-26
The patron saint of poetry returns for his 50th run at the Fringe with his new book, As Far As I Know. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough's characteristic wit and wordplay too. Check out the Mersey Sound with Adrian Henri, Brian Patten and McGough, the presenter of the long-running Poetry Please. The beat goes on...
London: Musique concrete
John Cage - Works for Tape and Electronics
Cafe Oto, Ashwin St , E8
To mark the centenary of John Cage's birth, the Langham Research Centre - Britain's leading musique concrete performing group - realise a selection of Cage's rarely heard electronic works using obsolete analogue devices. Founded in 2003, the Langham Research Centre employs open reel tape, sine wave oscillators and other discarded technology.
Cheshire: Live music
Just So Festival
Rode Park, ST7
A boutique, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. It promises to be a mellow, magical wooded fantasy of some sort, with music from wild-haired kookster Fiona Bevan (pictured). Expect a genteel time, somewhere between Waitrose and the Wicker Man.
Standon Lordship, SG11
Just 30 miles outside of London, this festival has grown from a few friends throwing a birthday party into a fully fledged indie romp. High priest of beatboxing, Beardyman (pictured), headlines, and the Star's very own poetry editor, Jody Porter, will be spinning his trademark soul and funk 45s.